tone-setter

tone-setter

n
a person or thing that establishes the quality or character that is to be followed subsequently
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Sure it was early days, but as a tone-setter it took some beating.
Nonetheless, even Democrats praised Allen's effort as a tone-setter for the legislative session.
DENVER (AP) -- On a historic night in which he was serenaded with "MVP!" chants for his eye-popping triple-double, Nikola Jokic's thoughts were with the Denver Nuggets' injured tone-setter.
As it has been all season, the Warriors defense was the tone-setter all night, limiting the Wildcats (1-2) to 149 total yards with Elijah Smith intercepting two passes and forcing a fumble that teammate Ryan Mutz recovered.
Lee Cattermole made sure Asoro's tone-setter was not wasted against his home-town club, thundering into Britt Assombalonga, then Muhamed Besic.
This year he'll need to be the tone-setter, with everyone else's roles flowing from his.
Romantic, because the film opens with an apt tone-setter of Raj a tailor by profession falling in love with his muse Mita.
Seattle's Russell Wilson was the playoffs tone-setter, for a long stretch in 2016.
Doherty racked up a game-high 23 points, including three momentum-defining dunks that established top-seeded Panthers (18-3) as the tone-setter.
KKR have won just two of their 12 matches against the Mumbai Indians, with the latter completing a double last season - a win over the defending champs in the opening match of the season, might just be the tone-setter needed to have another crack at an IPL title, after last season's rather disappointing campaign.
Forget the cynics writing this opener off as inconsequential because, PR exercise or not, as a tone-setter it could not have served the Lions any better, even if they did have to sweat buckets to get everything they could have wanted out of it.