set against

1) PHRASAL VERB If one argument or fact is set against another, it is considered in relation to it.

[be V-ed P n] These are relatively small points when set against her expertise on so many other issues...

[be V-ed P n] ₤1,000 was a considerable sum in those days and particularly when set against the maximum wage. [Also V n P n]

Syn:
compare with
2) PHRASAL VERB To set one person against another means to cause them to become enemies or rivals.

[V n P n] The case has set neighbour against neighbour in the village.


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  • To set against — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Set — (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root of E.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • set — I. verb (set; setting) Etymology: Middle English setten, from Old English settan; akin to Old High German sezzen to set, Old English sittan to sit Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to cause to sit ; place in or on a seat 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • set-off — Offset Off set , n. [Off + set. Cf. {Set off}.] In general, that which is set off, from, before, or against, something; as: [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) A short prostrate shoot, which takes root and produces a tuft of leaves, etc. See Illust. of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Set screw — A set screw, is a type of screw generally used to secure an object within another object. It is generally fully threaded. A blind screw (or grub screw) will generally not have an external head and will be inserted into its location by means of an …   Wikipedia


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