to tell or warn someone that something is going to happen to give someone a heads-up to have a more complete perspective on a situation to see the big picture to change the targets or the rules of a situation unfairly to move the goalposts to feel as if people are making difficult demands of you that push you past what you are comfortable doing to feel stretched to learn the basics of how to perform a job or task to learn the ropes to make brief contact with someone to touch base with someone to be in a situation where you feel loyalty to two opposing groups of people to feel pulled in both directions to be able to progress without much difficulty to have a smooth-sailing experience