Definition of set out one's stall in English:

set out one's stall


  • 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.’