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set back

n. Football
An offensive back who lines up behind the quarterback.

set back

vb (tr, adverb)
1. to hinder; impede
2. informal to cost (a person) a specified amount
3. anything that serves to hinder or impede
4. (Architecture) a recession in the upper part of a high building, esp one that increases the daylight at lower levels
5. (Architecture) Also called: offset or setoff a steplike shelf where a wall is reduced in thickness
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.set back - hold back to a later time; "let's postpone the exam"
delay - act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"
call - stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather; "call a football game"
hold - stop dealing with; "hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"
suspend - render temporarily ineffective; "the prison sentence was suspended"
probate - put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence
reprieve, respite - postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
2.set back - slow down the progress of; hinder; "His late start set him back"
hinder, impede - be a hindrance or obstacle to; "She is impeding the progress of our project"
3.set back - cost a certain amount; "My daughter's wedding set me back $20,000"
cost, be - be priced at; "These shoes cost $100"

set 1

1. To deposit in a specified place:
2. To put in or assign to a certain position or location:
3. To alter for proper functioning:
Music: attune.
4. To arrange tableware upon (a table) in preparation for a meal:
5. To place (a story, for example) in a designated setting:
6. To bring about or come to an agreement concerning:
7. To appoint and send to a particular place:
8. To calculate approximately:
9. To move (a weapon or blow, for example) in the direction of someone or something:
Military: lay.
10. To change or be changed from a liquid into a soft, semisolid, or solid mass:
11. To make or become physically hard:
phrasal verb
set aboutphrasal verb
set apartphrasal verb
set aside
To put an end to, especially formally and with authority:
phrasal verb
set back
To cause to be later or slower than expected or desired:
phrasal verb
set by
To reserve for the future:
phrasal verb
set down
1. To register in or as if in a book:
2. To come to rest on the ground:
phrasal verb
set forth
To state, as an idea, for consideration:
phrasal verb
set offphrasal verb
set out
2. To work out and arrange the parts or details of:
3. To proceed in a specified direction:
phrasal verb
set tophrasal verb
set up
1. To raise upright:
2. To bring into existence formally:
3. Informal. To pay for the food, drink, or entertainment of (another):
Informal: stand.
Slang: blow.
Idiom: stand treat.
2. In a definite and final form; not likely to change:
3. Fixed and distinct from others:
4. On an unwavering course of action:
5. In a state of preparedness:
Informal: go.
Slang: together.
Idioms: all set, in working order.
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(set) present participle ˈsetting: past tense, past participle set verb
1. to put or place. She set the tray down on the table.
2. to put plates, knives, forks etc on (a table) for a meal. Please would you set the table for me?
3. to settle or arrange (a date, limit, price etc). It's difficult to set a price on a book when you don't know its value.
4. to give a person (a task etc) to do. The witch set the prince three tasks; The teacher set a test for her pupils; He should set the others a good example.
5. to cause to start doing something. His behaviour set people talking.
6. (of the sun etc) to disappear below the horizon. It gets cooler when the sun sets.
7. to become firm or solid. Has the concrete set?
8. to adjust (eg a clock or its alarm) so that it is ready to perform its function. He set the alarm for 7.00 a.m.
9. to arrange (hair) in waves or curls.
10. to fix in the surface of something, eg jewels in a ring.
11. to put (broken bones) into the correct position for healing. They set his broken arm.
1. fixed or arranged previously. There is a set procedure for doing this.
2. (often with on) ready, intending or determined (to do something). He is set on going.
3. deliberate. He had the set intention of hurting her.
4. stiff; fixed. He had a set smile on his face.
5. not changing or developing. set ideas.
6. (with with) having something set in it. a gold ring set with diamonds.
1. a group of things used or belonging together. a set of carving tools; a complete set of (the novels of) Jane Austen.
2. an apparatus for receiving radio or television signals. a television/radio set.
3. a group of people. the musical set.
4. the process of setting hair. a shampoo and set.
5. scenery for a play or film. There was a very impressive set in the final act.
6. a group of six or more games in tennis. She won the first set and lost the next two.
ˈsetting noun
1. a background. This castle is the perfect setting for a murder.
2. an arrangement of jewels in eg a ring.
3. music composed for a poem etc. settings of folk songs.
ˈsetback noun
a delay in progress.
set phrase
a phrase which always occurs in one form, and which cannot be changed. `Of no fixed abode' is a set phrase.
ˈset-square noun
a triangular instrument with one right angle, used in geometrical drawing etc.
ˈsetting-lotion noun
a lotion that is used in setting the hair.
an argument or fight.
ˈset-up noun
an arrangement. There are several families living together in that house – it's a funny set-up.
all set (often with to)
ready or prepared (to do something); just on the point of (doing something). We were all set to leave when the phone rang.
set about
to begin. She set about planning her holiday; How will you set about this task?
set (someone) against (someone)
to cause (a person) to dislike (another person). She set the children against their father.
set aside
to keep for a special use or purpose. He set aside some cash for use at the weekend.
set back
to delay the progress of. His illness set him back a bit at school.
set down
(of a bus etc) to stop and let (passengers) out. The bus set us down outside the post-office.
set in
to begin or become established. Boredom soon set in among the children.
set off
1. (sometimes with on) to start a journey. We set off to go to the beach.
2. to cause to start doing something. She had almost stopped crying, but his harsh words set her off again.
3. to explode or ignite. You should let your father set off all the fireworks.
set (something or someone) on (someone)
to cause (eg dogs) to attack (a person). He set his dogs on me.
set out
1. to start a journey. He set out to explore the countryside.
2. to intend. I didn't set out to prove him wrong.
set to
to start to do something (vigorously). They set to, and finished the work the same day.
set up
1. to establish. When was the organization set up?
2. to arrange or construct. He set up the apparatus for the experiment.
set up camp
to erect tents etc. They set up camp in a field.
set up house
to establish one's own home. He'll soon be earning enough to set up house on his own.
set up shop
to start a shop.
set upon (also set on)
to attack. He set upon me in the dark.
References in classic literature ?
Of course, this only set back the day of reckoning and seduced us into spending more than we would have spent on a cash basis.
The vicarage was set back from the highroad to Tercanbury, and from the dining-room one saw a semicircular strip of lawn and then as far as the horizon green fields.
His eyes were melancholy, and were set back deep under his brow.
He was a rather hard lot, take him how you might; but then you couldn't fairly ex- pect a man to be sweet that had been set back so.
Now you've had all you can stan' to-night, poor little soul, without gettin' a fit o' sickness; an' Mirandy'll be sore an' cross an' in no condition for argyment; so my plan is jest this: to drive you over to the brick house in my top buggy; to have you set back in the corner, an' I git out an' go to the side door; an' when I git your aunt Mirandy 'n' aunt Jane out int' the shed to plan for a load o' wood I'm goin' to have hauled there this week, you'll slip out o' the buggy and go upstairs to bed.
The screen had not been set back, and a blank space was visible on the wall.
But let me tell you how Lop-Ear's gluttony possibly set back our social development many generations.
I was by this time afraid of but one thing in the world; and that was to be set back upon the rock; anything else was welcome to me; so we got ourselves at once in marching order, and began to slip from rock to rock one after the other, now crawling flat on our bellies in the shade, now making a run for it, heart in mouth.
So we went over to where the canoe was, and while he built a fire in a grassy open place amongst the trees, I fetched meal and bacon and coffee, and coffee-pot and frying-pan, and sugar and tin cups, and the nigger was set back considerable, because he reckoned it was all done with witchcraft.
The houses were practically all two-storied structures, the upper stories flush with the street while the walls of the first story were set back some ten feet, a series of simple columns and arches supporting the front of the second story and forming an arcade on either side of the narrow thoroughfare.
By evening it will have been accomplished; and as the only one I fear in these parts received such a sound set back from Roger de Conde recently I do not think he will venture again to molest me.
said she, "it fair troubles me to go into yond' room now: it looks so lonesome wi' the chair empty and set back in a corner.