set off against - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyset off against
he/she/itsets off against
present participlesetting off against
past tenseset off against
  1. 1
    set something off against something same as set against (sense 3)

    Claims for expenses can be set off against tax.

  2. 2
    set something off against something to compare one thing with another

    The quality of the facilities must be set off against the cost of using them.

See also main entry: set