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set sth/sb back

phrasal verb with set uk   us   /set/ verb (present participle setting, past tense and past participle set)
C1 to delay an event, process, or person: The opening of the new swimming pool has been set back by a few weeks. A war would inevitably set back the process of reform.
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in Chinese (Traditional) 耽誤, 延遲…
in Chinese (Simplified) 耽误, 推迟…
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