- Surveying. the interval by which a chain or tape exceeds the length being measured.
- setback(def 4).
Origin of set-back
special use of setback
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If we don't get her out he'll have a set-back, but if they show her to him it'll kill him.The Gentleman From Indiana
War is a word that means agony to many and a set-back to all.
Don't you think that, an' have a set-back when you find it ain't!
A set-back because the work had been begun with rough tools and lack of material.Old Rail Fence Corners
That was the first set-back, and the next one was ten times worse.We Ten
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