set against - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
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
  3. 3

    set against

    or

    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?

See also main entry: set