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Origin of setback
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Origin of set-back
British Dictionary definitions for setback
verb (tr, adverb)
Idioms and Phrases with setback
Slow down the progress of, hinder, as in The project was set back by the frequent absences of staff members. [First half of 1500s]
Cost, as in That car set me back twenty thousand dollars. [Colloquial; c. 1900]
Change to a lower level or earlier time, as in We set back the thermostat whenever we go on vacation, or On October 10 we have to set back the clocks. [First half of 1600s] Set back the clock is also used figuratively to mean “return to an earlier era,” as in He wished he could set back the clock to those carefree high-school days. Also see set forward.