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setback

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈsetbæk/
something that happens that causes a delay or prevents a process from continuing: He suffered a setback yesterday in his attempts to take a stake in the mobile phone company.a setback to/for sth The new rule was a setback to smaller cable operators thinking of selling to other companies. a major/serious setback The decision is the latest in a series of setbacks for the industry.
STOCK MARKET, FINANCE a fall in prices on a stock or financial market: The mail order group suffered a 17p setback to 366.5p. Small companies are less likely to be diversified so setbacks in a single sector are more likely to wipe them out.
Translations of “setback”
in Chinese (Traditional) 挫折, 障礙…
in Russian задержка, неудача…
in Turkish aksilik, terslik, engel…
in Chinese (Simplified) 挫折, 障碍…
in Polish komplikacja, niepowodzenie…
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