Origin of setback
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Origin of set-back
How to use setback in a sentence
We talked about our lives—hopes and fears, loves, successes, setbacks and failures.
What creeping advances the government has been able to make on some fronts are being matched by setbacks.Ukraine Rebels Boast About Troops and Tanks Coming from Russia|Jamie Dettmer|August 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Recently, the comedy legend had suffered a number of personal setbacks.Robin Williams, Hollywood’s Grand Jester, Is Dead at 63|Marlow Stern|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Regardless of any tactical setbacks, the real issue is going to be political cohesion in Afghanistan,” he said.
Sure, it wouldn't be easy; even Bassam suffers some setbacks on his quest to single-handedly liberalize Abbudin.Generic and Superficial ‘Tyrant’ Amerisplains the Middle East|Andrew Romano|June 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In spite of these setbacks, Susan still saw great promise in the West and resumed her lecturing there.Susan B. Anthony|Alma Lutz
There are setbacks, but then this is true in every form of nervous affection.Psychotherapy|James J. Walsh
There's a distinct wave of depression here—perhaps I'd better say a period of setbacks has come.The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume II|Burton J. Hendrick
It was one of the most serious setbacks which the cause of industrial and social progress and reform ever received.Theodore Roosevelt|Theodore Roosevelt
He had promised Festing to carry on the contract; they had had a number of setbacks, and the accident would cost them much.The Girl From Keller's|Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for setback
Other Idioms and Phrases with setback
Slow down the progress of, hinder, as in The project was set back by the frequent absences of staff members. [First half of 1500s]
Cost, as in That car set me back twenty thousand dollars. [Colloquial; c. 1900]
Change to a lower level or earlier time, as in We set back the thermostat whenever we go on vacation, or On October 10 we have to set back the clocks. [First half of 1600s] Set back the clock is also used figuratively to mean “return to an earlier era,” as in He wished he could set back the clock to those carefree high-school days. Also see set forward.