- an undertaking or contest deliberately made easy.
- a match or game arranged with an opponent who can be defeated without risk or effort.
- an opponent easy to defeat.
- a shot or play that results in a puck, shuttlecock, ball, or balls being so positioned as to provide a player with an easy opportunity for a winning shot: a playmaker who excels in setups.
- the position of such a puck, ball, etc.: a setup close to and to the left of the goalkeeper.
- the puck, ball, etc., itself: The wing banged the setup into the goal.
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Origin of setup
usage note for setup
Definition for setup (2 of 2)
What is a basic definition of setup?
A setup is an arrangement of something. A setup is also an act or instance of getting things ready. A situation designed to trick or trap someone is also called a setup. The word setup has several other senses as a noun.
When you say that you like someone’s setup, you like the way they have arranged or organized things, such as how you organized your bedroom. When a person is talking about a setup, they usually refer to furniture or equipment, such as that new gaming computer, headset, and controller you’ve been dreaming about. This sense of setup is most often used informally.
- Used in a sentence: I bought a new desk chair to improve my home office setup.
An act of organizing things up or getting a place ready is also called a setup.
- Real-life examples: Plays and theatre performances involve a lengthy setup by the crew to get everything ready. A new computer often has to perform an initial setup during which it installs the operating software and other programs before you can use it.
- Used in a sentence: I helped with the setup of the circus tent this morning.
Setup can also mean a trap or a situation designed to ensnare or fool someone.
- Real-life examples: Police often create setups designed to catch criminals committing crimes or trick them into confessing into hidden microphones. Pranksters and comedy shows often film people who are fooled by silly setups.
- Used in a sentence: I figured out that the meeting was a setup and managed to get out of there before the cops showed up.
Where does setup come from?
The first records of setup come from around 1600. It is a noun formed from the verb phrase to set up.
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What are some other forms related to setup?
- setups (plural noun)
What are some synonyms for setup?
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What are some words that often get used in discussing setup?
How is setup used in real life?
Setup is a common word most often used to mean an arrangement.
I love my current living room setup (turned 1st floor into a bar) but it's days like today that make me come to the realization that I need a tv outside in my backyard.
— Rich Donnelly (@whec_rdonnelly) September 12, 2020
You don't need a fancy setup to make music. You can use your phone or laptop and that's enough.
— 13Conor 👽🪐💫 (@prodby13Conor) October 3, 2020
It very well could be the Seahawks were just fooled by the Rams having two returners deep. That was a really clever setup.
— Jayson Jenks (@JaysonJenks) October 19, 2014
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Is setup used correctly in the following sentence?
We spent hours moving furniture around until we finally made a bedroom setup that we both liked.
Example sentences from the Web for setup
When cities started adding chlorine to their water supplies, in the early 1900s, it set off public outcry.
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“I think for trans men who are dating every time they hook up they have another coming out,” Sandler said.
In that photo, Merabet has a big smile that spreads across his whole face and lights up his eyes.
In the last year, her fusion exercise class has attracted a cult following and become de rigueur among the celebrity set.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
What need to look to right or left when you are swallowing up free mile after mile of dizzying road?The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
You would not think it too much to set the whole province in flames so that you could have your way with this wretched child.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Most of the men leaped up, caught hold of spears or knives, and rushed out.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
Some weeks after, the creditor chanced to be in Boston, and in walking up Tremont street, encountered his enterprising friend.
In less than ten minutes, the bivouac was broken up, and our little army on the march.
British Dictionary definitions for setup
verb (adverb, mainly tr)
- to provide (drinks, etc) forset 'em up, Joe!
- to pay for the drinks ofI'll set up the next round
Idioms and Phrases with setup
Place in an upright position, as in I keep setting up this lamp but it won't stay up. [c. 1200]
Elevate, raise; also, put in a position of authority or power, as in They set him up as their leader. [Late 1300s]
Put oneself forward, claim to be, as in He set himself up as an authority on the banking system. [Mid-1800s]
Assemble, erect, make ready for use, as in They set up the sound system last night. [c. 1200]
Establish, found, as in They set up a new charity for the homeless. [Early 1400s]
Establish in business by providing capital or other backing, as in His father set her up in a new dental practice. [First half of 1500s]
Treat someone to drinks, pay for drinks, as in Please let us set you up tonight. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
Stimulate or exhilarate, as in That victory really set up our team. [c. 1600]
Lay plans for, as in I think they set up the kidnapping months ago. [First half of 1900s]
Prepare someone for a deception or trickery or joke, as in They set up their victim for the usual real estate scam, or Her friends set her up so that she was the only person in costume. [Mid-1900s]
Cause, bring about, as in The new taxes set up howls of protest. [Mid-1800s]