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Definition of setup noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [usually singular] (informal)
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  1. 1a way of organizing something; a system I've only been here a couple of weeks and I don't really know the setup. What's the setup in your family—who does the cooking?
  2. 2a situation in which someone tricks you or makes it seem as if you have done something wrong He didn't steal the goods. It was a setup.