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“set sb up” in British English

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set sb up

phrasal verb with set uk /set/ us /set/ verb present participle setting, past tense and past participle set

(DECEIVE)

[ often passive ] informal to trick someone in order to make them do something, or in order to make someone seem guilty of something that they have not done:

They claimed that they weren't selling drugs, 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 /set/ us 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 haulage contractor.

(Definition of “set sb up” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)