He knows the road to legislative Hell is paved with too many good intentions….
Phyllis Diller, who died Monday at 95, paved the way for generations of female comedians.
Tolkien biographer John Garth on how it paved the way for The Lord of the Rings.
early 14c., "to cover (a street) with stones or other material," from Old French paver "to pave" (12c.), perhaps a back-formation from Old French pavement or else from Vulgar Latin *pavare, from Latin pavire "to beat, ram, tread down," from PIE *pau- "to cut, strike, stamp" (cf. Latin putare "to prune;" Greek paiein "to strike;" Lithuanian piauju "to cut," piuklas "saw"). Related: Paved; paving. The figurative sense of "make smooth" (as in pave the way) is attested from 1580s.