set back
transitive verb Date: 1600 1. to slow the progress of ; hinder, delay 2. cost <
a new suit will set you back $200
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  • set back — ► set back informal cost (someone) a particular amount of money. Main Entry: ↑set …   English terms dictionary

  • set|back — «SEHT BAK», noun. 1. a check to progress; reverse: »a temporary setback in one s fortunes, an unexpected setback in a patient s recovery. SYNONYM(S): relapse, retardation. 2. a steplike setting back of the outside wall of a tall building to give… …   Useful english dictionary

  • set back — index check (restrain), constrict (inhibit), delay, hinder Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • set back — [v] delay, hinder bog down*, decelerate, defeat, detain, embog, hang up*, hold up, impede, mire, retard, reverse, slow, slow down, slow up; concept 130 Ant. advance, forward …   New thesaurus

  • set back — verb 1. hold back to a later time (Freq. 1) let s postpone the exam • Syn: ↑postpone, ↑prorogue, ↑hold over, ↑put over, ↑table, ↑shelve, ↑defe …   Useful english dictionary

  • set back — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms set back : present tense I/you/we/they set back he/she/it sets back present participle setting back past tense set back past participle set back 1) to delay the progress of someone or something The spending… …   English dictionary

  • set back — 1) PHRASAL VERB If something sets you back or sets back a project or scheme, it causes a delay. [V n P] It has set us back in so many respects that I m not sure how long it will take for us to catch up... [V P n (not pron)] There will be a risk… …   English dictionary

  • set back — {v.} 1. To cause to put off or get behind schedule; slow up; check. * /The cold weather set back the planting by two weeks./ 2. {informal} To cause to pay out or to lose (a sum of money); cost. * /His new car set him back over $3000./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • set back — {v.} 1. To cause to put off or get behind schedule; slow up; check. * /The cold weather set back the planting by two weeks./ 2. {informal} To cause to pay out or to lose (a sum of money); cost. * /His new car set him back over $3000./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • set\ back — v 1. To cause to put off or get behind schedule; slow up; check. The cold weather set back the planting by two weeks. 2. informal To cause to pay out or to lose (a sum of money); cost. His new car set him back over $3000 …   Словарь американских идиом

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