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Definition of set against phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


set against

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

set somebody against somebody

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to make someone oppose a friend, relative, etc. She accused her husband of setting the children against her.

    set something against something


    set something off against something

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  1. 1to judge something by comparing good or positive qualities with bad or negative ones Set against the benefits of the new technology, there is also a strong possibility that jobs will be lost.
  2. 2(finance) to record something as a business cost as a way of reducing the amount of tax you must pay to set capital costs off against tax
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