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set out

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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyset out
he/she/itsets out
present participlesetting out
past tenseset out
past participleset out

Related meanings

  1. 1
    [intransitive] to leave on a trip

    After a three-day rest, the travelers set out again.

  2. 3
    [transitive] to put something where it can be seen or used

    merchants setting out their wares

  3. 4
    [intransitive] to start doing or working on something in order to achieve a goal
    set out on:

    When we set out on this project, we knew it would be difficult.

    set out to do something:

    They set out to build their own house.

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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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