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set-up

[set-uhp] /ˈsɛtˌʌp/
noun
1.
Surveying.
  1. station (def 14a).
  2. a surveying instrument precisely positioned for observations from a station.
  3. a gap between the end of a chain or tape being used for a measurement and the point toward which it is laid.
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  • "You do seem to have quite a set-up here," I said, off-hand.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • "I can't understand why you ever included me in this set-up to begin with," he said.

  • I don't know anything about the set-up except what you've told me.

    Monsoons of Death Gerald Vance
  • Wasted in set-up; anyone could punch cards, with a little practice.

    The Romantic Analogue W.W. Skupeldyckle
  • This victim compensation—I could claim it, even though the deal was a set-up?

    Star Hunter Andre Alice Norton
Word Origin and History for set-up
n.

"arrangement," 1890, from verbal phrase set up, attested from c.1200 as "to make ready for use" and from 1950 (in pugilism) as "to bring (someone) to a vulnerable position;" from set (v.) + up (adv.). The verbal phrase also can mean "to establish" (early 15c.) and "put drinks before customers" (1880).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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