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[set-bak] /ˈsɛtˌbæk/
Surveying. the interval by which a chain or tape exceeds the length being measured.
setback (def 4).
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  • Jeanne was of course at the head of her men, and only for a moment did she permit them to pause before the set-back.

    Joan of Arc Lucy Foster Madison
  • 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 Booth Tarkington
  • The girls will be in shape to travel by New Years, if there is no set-back.

  • War is a word that means agony to many and a set-back to all.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • "The Don don't seem to take the old man's set-back kindly," observed the sympathizing blacksmith.

  • Don't you think that, an' have a set-back when you find it ain't!

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Very likely there will be a set-back, and after that spring will come in truth.

    The White Peacock D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • It was a set-back to Denver, and two years of stagnation followed.

    The Crest of the Continent Ernest Ingersoll
  • He had foreseen a set-back, but it proved more severe than he expected.

    Harding of Allenwood Harold Bindloss
  • From everywhere, except one, had come either news of defeat or set-back.

    No Defense, Complete Gilbert Parker

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