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set sb up

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

to ​establish someone or yourself in a ​business or ​position: After he ​leftcollege, his ​father set him up in the ​familybusiness. She set herself up as an ​interiordesigner.
  • (BENEFIT)

to ​provide the ​money that someone ​needs for an ​importanttask or ​activity that is ​expected to last a ​longtime: Winning the ​lottery has set them up for ​life. to ​provide someone with the ​energy or ​health that you need for a ​particularperiod of ​time: A good ​breakfast really sets you up for the ​day.
  • (DECEIVE)

[often passive] informal to ​trick someone in ​order to make them do something, or in ​order to make someone ​seemguilty of something that they have not done: They ​claimed that they weren't ​sellingdrugs, but that they'd been set up by the ​police.
(Definition of set sb up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"set sb up" in Business English

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set sb up

phrasal verb with set uk   us   /set/ verb (setting, set, set)
COMMERCE to ​provide the ​money or other ​support so that someone can ​start a ​business or ​work in a particular ​position: set sb up (as sth) After he ​lost his ​job, his father set him up as a ​consultant to the family ​business.set yourself up Noye set himself up as a ​haulagecontractor.
(Definition of set sb up from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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