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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SET-UP

"You do seem to have quite a set-up here," I said, off-hand.

"I can't understand why you ever included me in this set-up to begin with," he said.

I don't know anything about the set-up except what you've told me.

Wasted in Set-up; anyone could punch cards, with a little practice.

This victim compensation—I could claim it, even though the deal was a set-up?

"I don't like the set-up in town," Red was saying peevishly.

I look at that set-up the way I look at the landscape yonder.

He did not point out that Hughie was a set-up, a second-rater.

Comin' here wid his set-up ways, an' schornin' a bit of dhrink!

They certainly excited my admiration by the precision of their movements, their set-up, and their general appearance.

WORD ORIGIN

"arrangement," 1890, from verbal phrase set up, attested from c.1200 as "to make ready for use" and from 1950 (in pugilism) as "to bring (someone) to a vulnerable position;" from set (v.) + up (adv.). The verbal phrase also can mean "to establish" (early 15c.) and "put drinks before customers" (1880).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SET-UP

blind date

noundate with an unknown person
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