These would be setbacks, but they would also be rearguard actions that wouldn't hold for long.
Take News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch, whose past month has been a cascading series of setbacks.
We knew that on a journey like this there were going to be setbacks.
Although not stopped everywhere, exposing the true colors of the BDS movement generated a series of setbacks to their efforts.
There will be setbacks, and broken promises, and seething grievances.
We've had to fight for our very lives every inch of the way, endure the setbacks lasting for centuries, millennia.
But it is as safe to assume that the revolution is irreversible, setbacks aside.
But on the way to it there are pitfalls and obstacles and setbacks, and steadily mounting monthly pay rolls.
Paul Bunyan had his setbacks the same as every logger only his were worse.
Our chances were slim to begin, and we've had some setbacks.