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set back

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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyset back
he/she/itsets back
present participlesetting back
past tenseset back
past participleset back

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 1
    to delay the progress of someone or something

    The spending cuts have set the research project back several years.

  2. 2
    set someone back something informal to cost someone a particular amount of money, especially a large amount

    Jim's new car must have set him back a bundle.

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