Origin of setback
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Origin of set-back
Examples from the Web for setback
It meant more to our father to see us deal with a setback and try to bounce back than to watch how we handled our successes.‘Calamity Jill’ Rises Again: Fired New York Times Editor Returns to the Public Stage|Lloyd Grove|May 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Seneca encouraged followers to possess the strength of immunity to setback, but never withheld his human touch.New Year’s Reading List: Books to Transform Your Sad Life|David Masciotra|January 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The deal it not only a setback for Putin—it also signals a comeback for the EU as well.E.U. Fight Club: Russia Dukes It Out With Ex-Soviet Satellites Over E.U. Membership|Owen Matthews|October 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It's the anniversary of the "naksa" or the "setback" for Palestinians.
The situation is a setback for Galliano, who has been mounting a comeback in the last few months.Israel Broadcasting Authority Reportedly Bans Eurovision Contestant from Wearing Galliano|Misty White Sidell|April 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The king was childless and in feeble health, but the hopes of the Carlists received a setback when in 1829 he married again.A History of Spain|Charles E. Chapman
If this deceit had prevailed, the task I have undertaken of enlightening the public would have had a setback.Frenzied Finance|Thomas W. Lawson
This is a setback from which only the most experienced advocate can readily recover.The Art of Cross-Examination|Francis L. Wellman
It was a week after the announcement by Dr. Churchill of the setback the college had received in the opening of the legal battle.The Winning Touchdown|Lester Chadwick
Then, too, since his own ambition and hope received a setback he was not content.Rockhaven|Charles Munn
Word Origin and History for setback
also set-back, 1670s, "reversal, check to progress," from set (v.) + back (adv.). Sometimes backset was used in the same sense. Meaning "space between a building and a property line" is from 1916. To set (someone) back "cost" is from 1900.