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set back

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. set-back, setoff, offsetverb

    structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly

  2. postpone, prorogue, hold over, put over, table, shelve, set back, defer, remit, put offverb

    hold back to a later time

    "let's postpone the exam"

  3. set backverb

    slow down the progress of; hinder

    "His late start set him back"

  4. set back, knock back, put backverb

    cost a certain amount

    "My daughter's wedding set me back $20,000"

Wiktionary

  1. set backverb

    To delay or obstruct.

  2. set backverb

    To remove from or allow distance.

  3. set backverb

    To cost money, as

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of set back in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of set back in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of set back in a Sentence

  1. Brian Brettschneider:

    This may kind of set back ice formation.

  2. James Clapper:

    There's no question this is going to set back and make more difficult cooperation with the Turks.

  3. Sonya Sceats:

    Sri Lankan torture survivors in treatment with us are adamant that they cannot trust a purely domestic process and will take comfort from the High Commissioner's warning that there must not be a replay of past broken promises, any process that fails to win the confidence of survivors, including from the Tamil minority, is doomed to fail and may set back the common cause of reconciliation.

  4. Robert Einhorn:

    This probably was the best choice he could make - much better than having a meeting that would deepen the divisions, lead to angry recriminations and set back any prospect for getting back on track. encyclopedia.

  5. Lawrence Gostin:

    It spurred public violence, there was... distrust of public health authorities, people didn't come in for treatment and it was thought that it actually set back the outbreak response considerably.

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