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  1. Surveying. the interval by which a chain or tape exceeds the length being measured.
  2. setback(def 4).
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Origin of set-back

special use of setback
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Related Words for set-back

product, outlay, extent, sum, budget, damage, cost, lot, output, expense, body, addition, list, quantum, entirety, score, tab, aggregate, net, whole

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Historical Examples of set-back

  • If we don't get her out he'll have a set-back, but if they show her to him it'll kill him.

    The Gentleman From Indiana

    Booth Tarkington

  • War is a word that means agony to many and a set-back to all.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • Don't you think that, an' have a set-back when you find it ain't!

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • A set-back because the work had been begun with rough tools and lack of material.

  • That was the first set-back, and the next one was ten times worse.

    We Ten

    Lyda Farrington Kraus