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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyset against
he/she/itsets against
present participlesetting against
past tenseset against
past participleset against
  1. 1
    set something against something to compare one thing with another

    This season's results have been disappointing set against last year's.

  2. 2
    set someone against someone to cause two people or groups to fight each other although they were in a friendly relationship before

    a bitter industrial dispute that had set worker against worker

  3. 3

    set against

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    set off against

    set something against something/set something off against something business British to state officially that an amount of money is a cost to your business in order to pay less tax

    You know your expenses can be set against tax, don't you?

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