- an undertaking or contest deliberately made easy.
- a match or game arranged with an opponent who can be defeated without risk or effort.
- an opponent easy to defeat.
- a shot or play that results in a puck, shuttlecock, ball, or balls being so positioned as to provide a player with an easy opportunity for a winning shot: a playmaker who excels in setups.
- the position of such a puck, ball, etc.: a setup close to and to the left of the goalkeeper.
- the puck, ball, etc., itself: The wing banged the setup into the goal.
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According to agency executives, the split ad server setups limit the companies’ abilities to completely rein in ad exposures.
In their setup, a masked person in a dark room speaks into a wide laser beam.4 reasons you shouldn’t trash your neck gaiter based on the new mask study|Jonathan Lambert|August 12, 2020|Science News
That barebones setup served the startup well, generating $13 million in revenue for 2019, according to the company.
The reason why so many DTC brands still use Shopify is because they haven’t grown to the point where they require a more unique e-commerce setup.Why it will be hard for BigCommerce to dethrone Shopify as the DTC platform of choice|Anna Hensel|July 17, 2020|Digiday
Given this setup, you can then start to analyze the line using the techniques of two-dimensional geometry.New Geometric Perspective Cracks Old Problem About Rectangles|Kevin Hartnett|June 25, 2020|Quanta Magazine
He was actually outside the age range for what my account was setup for.Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All|Aurora Snow|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In one passage Brother Consolmango explains the setup of daily life as a science priest.Pope Francis Asked ‘Would You Baptize an Alien?’ Here’s the Answer.|Barbie Latza Nadeau|September 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It seemed crammed with characters, and like a setup film for The Sinister Six spin-off.Andrew Garfield on the Evils of Capitalism, the Hacking Scandal, and Criticism of ‘Spider-Man 2’|Marlow Stern|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like all pilots, the majority of the episode is devoted to setup.‘Halt and Catch Fire’ and AMC’s Push to Reset Dramas|Andrew Romano|May 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Well, Electro is part of the Sinister Six, and this movie is really a setup movie.Jamie Foxx on ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ Donald Sterling’s Racism, and Bill O’Reilly’s TV Act|Marlow Stern|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The setup was inspected twice daily by the commander or his executive.The Armed Forces Officer|U. S. Department of Defense
A hasty, last-moment inspection was carried out, every man checking certain details of the setup.Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X|Victor Appleton
No matter how foolproof you think your setup is, if you start smuggling you're bound to get caught.Smugglers' Reef|John Blaine
Instead of pulling a ship to ground, in the setup he'd made, the new fields pulled the ground toward the ship.The Pirates of Ersatz|Murray Leinster
Their setup for killing, imprisonment, bribery and blackmail functions too well.Circle of Flight|Richard Stockham
British Dictionary definitions for setup
verb (adverb, mainly tr)
- to provide (drinks, etc) forset 'em up, Joe!
- to pay for the drinks ofI'll set up the next round
Idioms and Phrases with setup
Place in an upright position, as in I keep setting up this lamp but it won't stay up. [c. 1200]
Elevate, raise; also, put in a position of authority or power, as in They set him up as their leader. [Late 1300s]
Put oneself forward, claim to be, as in He set himself up as an authority on the banking system. [Mid-1800s]
Assemble, erect, make ready for use, as in They set up the sound system last night. [c. 1200]
Establish, found, as in They set up a new charity for the homeless. [Early 1400s]
Establish in business by providing capital or other backing, as in His father set her up in a new dental practice. [First half of 1500s]
Treat someone to drinks, pay for drinks, as in Please let us set you up tonight. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
Stimulate or exhilarate, as in That victory really set up our team. [c. 1600]
Lay plans for, as in I think they set up the kidnapping months ago. [First half of 1900s]
Prepare someone for a deception or trickery or joke, as in They set up their victim for the usual real estate scam, or Her friends set her up so that she was the only person in costume. [Mid-1900s]
Cause, bring about, as in The new taxes set up howls of protest. [Mid-1800s]