set sth back Meaning in Cambridge English Dictionary
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set sth back

phrasal verb with set uk   us   /set/ verb (present participle setting, past tense and past participle set)
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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