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backset

[ bak-set ]
/ ˈbækˌsɛt /
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noun
New England, Southern, and South Midland U.S.
  1. a setback; relapse; reverse.
  2. an eddy or countercurrent.
(on a lock on a door or the like) the horizontal distance between the face through which the bolt passes and the center line of the knob stem or keyhole.
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Origin of backset

First recorded in 1565–75; back2 + set
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