One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Display or assert one's abilities or position.‘he has set out his stall as a strong supporter of free trade’
- ‘Thomas Keneally sets out his stall in a covering letter that arrives with the review copy of his latest work of fiction.’
- ‘Anyone setting out his stall specifically for a big marlin, tuna, or shark, would be very unfortunate indeed not to achieve something of boasting size.’
- ‘Both sides set out their stall from the opening whistle, setting a frenetic pace, which they somehow managed to maintain right to the end.’
- ‘‘We have sharpened our prices and set out our stall to sell quality merchandise,’ he added.’
- ‘The conductor sets out his stall with a deliberately paced opening.’
- ‘‘We came here to set out our stall and win the game,’ said Leishman in one of his less poetic utterings.’
- ‘Activists in the Campaign for Yorkshire set out their stall in York city centre to speak to shoppers and gather support.’
- ‘There was a degree of scepticism when we set out our stall in September that we would manage to deliver the deal to shareholders before Christmas, so it is gratifying.’
- ‘‘He will essentially be setting out his stall in a much more detailed way than he has been able to do so far,’ one aide said.’
- ‘I would face off with anybody, I never back down once I have set out my stall, but this is back-breaking.’
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