Definition of set back phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

set back

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs

set back somebody

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set back something

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set somebody back

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set something back

 
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to delay the progress of something/somebody by a particular time The bad weather set back the building programme by several weeks. related noun setback

set somebody back something

 
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[no passive] (informal) to cost somebody a particular amount of money The repairs could set you back over £200.

set something back (from something)

 
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[usually passive] to place something, especially a building, at a distance from something The house is set well back from the road.

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