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|present participle||setting off|
|past tense||set off|
|past participle||set off|
Jeff pushed open the front door, which set off the alarm.
He fears that the election could set off mass protests.
Her plain blue dress was set off by a feather-trimmed hat.
Just mentioning her father’s death could set her off again.
This is the British English definition of set off. View American English definition of set off.
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 …add a word
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