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set against

[ set ]SEE DEFINITION OF set against

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SET AGAINST

Man was born into fear in that he was born into a world of which most of the energies were set against him.

I should very much, sir; but Mr. Lane is set against racing.

My cousin Morden is the other—he is in Italy, and very probably may be set against me too.

And on still another day two dogs were set against him at the same time.

But you're set against me, that's what you are, and you have been for a long time.

I was set against the place from the first—didn't like it, and told the lad as much.

And his people, havin' money, was just as set against his takin' a poor girl.

It will be something to set against the other losses we have suffered.

Whatever it may be, it should be as naught when set against my will.

It was as though a hole of nothingness were set against the white table.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English settan (transitive) "cause to sit, put in some place, fix firmly; build, found; appoint, assign," from Proto-Germanic *(bi)satjan "to cause to sit, set" (cf. Old Norse setja, Swedish sätta, Old Saxon settian, Old Frisian setta, Dutch zetten, German setzen, Gothic satjan), causative form of PIE *sod-, variant of *sed- "to sit" (see sit (v.)). Also cf. set (n.2).

Intransitive sense from c.1200, "be seated." Used in many disparate senses by Middle English; sense of "make or cause to do, act, or be; start" and that of "mount a gemstone" attested by mid-13c. Confused with sit since early 14c. Of the sun, moon, etc., "to go down," recorded from c.1300, perhaps from similar use of the cognates in Scandinavian languages. To set (something) on "incite to attack" (c.1300) originally was in reference to hounds and game.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SET AGAINST

oppose

verbcompare, play off
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pitting

verboppose, play off
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