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English definition of “set sth/sb back”

set sth/sb back

phrasal verb with set     /set/ verb (present participle setting, past tense and past participle set)
C1 to delay an event , process , or person : The opening of the new swimming pool has been set back by a few weeks . A war would inevitably set back the process of reform . → See also setbackDelaying and wasting time
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