set (one) aback

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set (one) aback

To startle, astonish, shock, or disconcert one. (A less common variant of "take one aback.") It set us all aback a bit to learn that John was moving to England next month. I'm sure the news sets everyone aback, but please believe me that this is in the best interest of the company.
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Laikipia has animal conservancies and large ranches that many agree can be of import to the area's wobbling economy."We have been set aback by the clashes that hit this place from time to time.