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set in

verb uk phrasal verb with set   /set/ ( present participle setting, past tense and past participle set) us  
When something unpleasant sets in, it begins and seems likely to continue in a serious way: This rain looks as if it has set in for the rest of the day. If you get bitten by a dog, you have to make sure the wound is properly cleaned, or an infection could set in. Despair seems to have set in among the team.
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