set someone up

set (one) up

1. To deceive someone so that they do or fall victim to something. A: "The doors are all locked and the police are outside!" B: "That no-good liar set us up!" There have been reports recently of scam artists trying to set customers up so that they divulge their bank account details over the phone. We can set the machine to work on sorting the various packages.
2. To frame someone; to make it look like someone is guilty of same crime or wrongdoing. Those drugs aren't mine—someone is setting me up! We can set the machine to work on sorting the various packages.
3. To give someone the financial capital needed to start or maintain a business. If my father-in-law hadn't set me up, I never would have been able to own my own store. We can set the machine to work on sorting the various packages.
4. To elect someone to or establish someone in a position of power, authority, or influence. They set him up as their party's presidential candidate. I think my bosses want to set me up as the new general manager. We can set the machine to work on sorting the various packages.
5. To provide someone with adequate nourishment. The B&B provides a generous breakfast that will set you up for the rest of the day. We can set the machine to work on sorting the various packages.
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set someone up

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The company is always looking for inventive ways to educate people about our products and we thought awarding one of the many stores planned to open in 2003 would be a great way to set someone up in business in the New Year.
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