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set sth back

verb uk phrasal verb with set   /set/ ( present participle setting, past tense and past participle set) us  
to reduce something to a weaker or less advanced state: This result has set back their chances of winning the competition.
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Translations of “set sth back”
in Chinese (Traditional) 削弱, 使倒退, 使受挫…
in Chinese (Simplified) 削弱, 使倒退, 使受挫…
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