set in one's ways, be

Be inflexible, fixed in one's habits, as in She's too set in her ways to go out and buy a dog. This idiom uses set in the sense of “in a rigid position,” a usage dating from about 1300.


Nearby words

  1. set forth,
  2. set forward,
  3. set function,
  4. set in,
  5. set in motion,
  6. set off,
  7. set on,
  8. set on a pedestal,
  9. set on fire,
  10. set one back

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