set back

  1. cost a certain amount
    My daughter's wedding set me back $20,000
  2. slow down the progress of; hinder
    His late start set him back
  3. hold back to a later time
    let's postpone the exam
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How To Use set back In A Sentence

  • This result has set back their chances of winning the competition.
  • However, just as the discovery of arsenic contamination undermined years of work to provide clean drinking water, crises such as the current floods demonstrate how easily such progress can be set back.
  • Premature implementation will set back the cause of regional reform and development and aggravate political problems.
  • A war would inevitably set back the process of reform.
  • The perfect pit stop for weekenders shuttling between the dramatic scenery of Loch Torridon and the quirky exotic gardens at Inverewe, Gairloch's friendly Old Inn is set back from the village's small harbour in a pretty valley.
  • It will be easier with buildings outside conservation areas that are well set back. Times, Sunday Times
  • And it’s not just that my stoop is somewhat set back from the street, I often work by my window and I hardly ever even seen anyone on the prowl. » Blog Archive » No Binners in Southern Victoria?
  • Hopes of cementing the recent rapprochement between Nato allies, Greece and Turkey, have been set back.
  • Baxter -- lone and babyless again -- set back in her empty house. Miss Theodosia's Heartstrings
  • Having just returned from their trip to Brussels, Carol and her friends sit in her house in one of the broad avenues set back from the town's harbour, to take stock.
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