set something in train

set something in train
set something in train british phrase
to make something start to happen, especially something important or something that will affect a lot of people

This set in train the events leading to the war.

Thesaurus: to make something start to exist or happensynonym
Main entry: train

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set sth in ˈtrain idiom
(formal) to prepare or start sth

That telephone call set in train a whole series of events.

Main entry:trainidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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