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"set sb back (sth)" in British English

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set sb back (sth)

informal
phrasal verb with set uk   us   /set/ verb (present participle setting, past tense and past participle set)
to ​cost someone a ​largeamount of ​money: Buying that ​suit must have set you back. It's a ​handygadget and will only set you back about $15.
(Definition of set sb back (sth) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"set sb back (sth)" in Business English

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set sb back (sth)

phrasal verb with set uk   us   /set/ verb (setting, set, set)
informal to ​cost someone a large ​amount of ​money: The accident will set the car's ​owner back about €2,000. It is a ​place where a cup of coffee ​costs $3 and a sandwich for ​lunch can set you back $10.
(Definition of set sb back (sth) from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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