set off
verb Date: circa 1598 transitive verb 1. a. to put in relief ; show up by contrast b. adorn, embellish c. to set apart ; make distinct or outstanding 2. a. offset, compensate <
more variety in the Lancashire weather to set off its most disagreeable phases — Geographical Journal
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b. to make a setoff of <
the respective totals shall be set off against one another — O. R. Hobson
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3. a. to set in motion ; cause to begin b. to cause to explode 4. to measure off on a surface intransitive verb to start out on a course or a journey <
set off for home
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