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set (someone, something, or oneself) apart (from someone or something)
To do something that makes someone, something, or oneself noticeable, remarkable, or distinct (in comparison to someone or something else). The author's brilliant wit really sets her apart from other contemporary writers today. The city sets itself apart by incorporating its metropolitan elements with the surrounding forestry, rather than supplanting it. But it's the incredible display that really sets this device apart from other smartphones in the same price range.
set (something) apart (for something)
To reserve or put aside something for a specific future use. He plans to set some of the profits apart for investment in a new company. When making our distinct organic yogurt, we always set apart some of the live bacterial cultures to be used in the next batch.
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set someone apart (from someone else)
to make someone stand out when compared to someone else. Her flaming red hair sets her apart from all the others in her class. They set themselves apart from the rest due to their superb accomplishments.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Reserve for a specific use, as in One group of tissue samples was set apart for incubation. [c. 1600]
2. Make noticeable, as in Certain traits set her apart from her peers. [Late 1400s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To reserve something for a specific use: The villagers set apart two goats for the sacrifice.
2. To make someone or something noticeable: Your spontaneity sets you apart from the other actors.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- (someone or something) promises well
- (someone or something) to shout about
- accompanied by
- accompanied by (someone or something)
- (have) got something going (with someone)
- a ghost at the feast
- a/the feel of (something)
- (I) wouldn't (do something) if I were you
- a straw will show which way the wind blows