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English definition of “set sb back (sth)”

set sb back (sth)

informal phrasal verb with set     /set/ verb (present participle setting, past tense and past participle set)
to cost someone a large amount of money : Buying that suit must have set you back. That new car looks as if it set you back a bit , Geoff.Costing too muchExpensive and luxuriousPaying and spending money
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