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set-aside

[ set-uh-sahyd ]
/ ˈsɛt əˌsaɪd /
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noun
something, as land or profits, set aside for a particular purpose.
a tract of federal lands set aside as a wildlife refuge, oil exploration site, etc.
a tract of farmland on which commercial crops or a specific crop will not be grown, as part of a federal plan to decrease production in order to maintain or increase prices.
a specified amount or percentage of an industry's production set aside, especially for government use: Ten percent of gasoline production is a set-aside for emergency use by the state.
a government contract awarded, as to a minority-owned business, without competitive bidding.
adjective
pertaining to or constituting a set-aside: set-aside provisions of the new law.
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Origin of set-aside

First recorded in 1940–45; noun, adj. use of verb phrase set aside
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British Dictionary definitions for set-aside

set aside

verb (tr, adverb)
to reserve for a special purpose; put to one side
to discard, dismiss, or quash
noun set-aside
  1. (in the European Union) a scheme in which a proportion of farmland is taken out of production in order to reduce surpluses or maintain or increase prices of a specific crop
  2. (as modifier)set-aside land
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Other Idioms and Phrases with set-aside

set aside

1

Separate and reserve for a special purpose, as in We have to set aside some chairs for latecomers. [Early 1700s] Also see set by.

2

Discard or reject, as in Setting aside all health considerations, do you believe this law is fair to smokers? [Early 1400s]

3

Declare invalid, annul, or overrule, as in The higher court set aside the conviction. [Mid-1700s] Also see lay aside.

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