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a prelude to sth un prélude à qch
→ For some, retirement can be a boring prelude to senility and death.
→ That first misunderstanding now seemed like a prelude to all the angry arguments which followed.
→ The protests in Brasov in 1987 are today seen as the prelude to last year's uprising against Ceausescu.
→ He denied their deployment was a prelude to using ground forces.