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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SET BACK

The Old Ladies' Home, much to the sorrow of its inmates, "set back from the road."

The historical evolution could not be hastened, although it was often set back.

You buy Wellmouth Development at that price and then set back and hang on.

So I was set back again with my canvas flappin', as you might say.

You just set back and pretend you don't want to sell at all.

When a sack was full it was tied up and set back out of the way.

To pass this one is to set back the hands on the dial of reform.

Some planets have been set back, and even destroyed as a result of drone activity.

The Big House set back from the big road about a quarter of a mile.

His eyes were melancholy, and were set back deep under his brow.

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.

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