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English definition of “set sth/sb back”

set sth/sb back

phrasal verb with set
 
 
/set/ verb (setting, set, set)
to delay an event or process: A sustained rise in oil prices could set back the recovery.set sth back by sth The launch of the new version could be set back by at least a year.
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