17 / 11 / 2010

SET-3: meaning and examples

Good morning. Today we look at another expression with the word set.

Today's expression is: to set someone or something back

It means: to delay the progress of something or someone by a particular amount of time.   

Example 1
The very severe weather has set back the construction of the new buildings by several weeks.

In English we also use the noun setback, which is a difficult problem that delays or prevents something, or simply makes the situation worse.

Example 2:
Unless the team suffers a major setback, they will surely win the league championship.   

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