setting against[ set ]SEE DEFINITION OF setting against
Synonyms for setting against
- breaking off
- turning away
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SETTING AGAINST
By the time they reached Putney it was pitch dark, and the tide was setting against them.
All the stream of people seemed now to be setting against them.
It was to avoid the Gulf Stream, which would have been setting against us.
These people are surprisingly skilful and active in setting against a strong current.
For the first time since he began to preach his crusade, the current was setting against the mysterious chief.
Thus long before the council assembled, the tide was setting against Peter Gross.
Can't you put yourself in his place, with the evidence, such as it is, all setting against you?
Probably we had passed the place where a tide was setting against the wind.
Our progress was so slow that I fancied there must be a current setting against us, but of this I was uncertain.
He went to see Mr. Lowington and begged him to assist in stemming the tide which was setting against the Brockway Academy.
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.