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Set/put in train

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on June 28, 2011 at 19:27

In Reply to: Set/put in train posted by BURVILLE on June 28, 2011 at 10:42:

: Origin of set/put in train?

The basic meaning of noun "train" is "to drag": ence "train" as the trailing back of a long skirt, or a row of cars pulled by an engine, and a whole slew of other meanings. In a figurative sense it could mean a course or order of persons, things, ideas ("train of thought")
or events. From here it was a short step to taking on (in the early 16th century) the sense "Proper sequence, order, or arrangement for some result; connected order; course, process". Thus things could be in good train, or be set or put in train. (VSD)