set against

verb(tr, preposition)
  1. to balance or compare: to set a person's faults against his virtues

  2. to cause to be hostile or unfriendly to

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set against

Be or cause someone to be opposed to, as in Civil wars often set brother against brother, or The police chief's critics were set against his officers. [Late 1200s] Also see dead set against.

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