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set (one) back

1. To cost someone a specific amount of money. Getting the car fixed is going to set me back nearly a grand. It's estimated the failed product set the company back roughly $2 million.
2. To delay someone for a specific amount of time. That computer virus wiped out our data and set us back nearly a month in our work. He was supposed to arrive by 9, but the traffic jam set him back about an hour.
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set (something) back

To delay or hinder something. A series of conflicts within the administration has set healthcare reform back yet again.
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set someone back (some amount of money)

to cost someone (an amount of money). This coat set me back about $250. That fancy dinner at the restaurant last night really set us back.
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set something back

 and put something back
to set something, like a timepiece, to a lower number. (Put is less common.) It's that time of year when you must set your clocks and watches back! Set back your clock tonight. I have to put all the clocks back.
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set back

1. Slow down the progress of, hinder, as in The project was set back by the frequent absences of staff members. [First half of 1500s]
2. Cost, as in That car set me back twenty thousand dollars. [Colloquial; c. 1900]
3. Change to a lower level or earlier time, as in We set back the thermostat whenever we go on vacation, or On October 10 we have to set back the clocks. [First half of 1600s] Set back the clock is also used figuratively to mean "return to an earlier era," as in He wished he could set back the clock to those carefree high-school days. Also see set forward.
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set back

1. To construct something so that it is a certain distance away from the edge of some boundary. Used in the passive: All houses must be set back 100 feet from the lake. The second tier of the building is set back 10 feet.
2. To slow down the progress of something; hinder something: Bad weather set the project back two weeks. The recent attacks have set back the peace process.
3. To cost someone some amount of money: That coat set me back $1,000.
4. To adjust some instrument or device to an earlier reading: Last fall, I forgot to set back my clock. The dealership set the odometer back and tried to sell the car as new.
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Baylor College of Medicine lost enough data to set back cancer and heart research for years.
In past incarnations, the effort to rebuild the LAUSD focused entirely on the youngest students, who, unlike their older peers, hadn't already been set back by years of inadequate education.
Almirall, was built on a small rise, set back and surrounded by lawn, trees and an iron fence.
It is set back on its plinth to form an airy terrace that, like a mirador, overlooks the street.
In a letter Tuesday to the president, 10 economists warned, ``FERC's failure to act now will have dire consequences for the state of California and will set back, potentially fatally, the diffusion of competitive electricity markets across the country.
The bright sunny rooms also have terrific views as many of the neighboring buildings are either low or set back and allow for view corridors.
Conservation of this fragile environment was a key design determinant As a result, the hotel is set back from the obvious position on the edge of the ocean, and instead located on a forest ridge 300m inland and 40m above sea-level.
Any technical implementation should carefully assess consumer usability so that both the consumer and economic value of the Internet is not set back significantly.
Distribution was limited to Costco stores, which sent 10,000 copies of the movie box set back to Disney, according to spokesmen from both companies.
Windows are set back 4" at the first and second floors, lines of brick coursing have been projected 1", and two window mullion depths have been used to provide variation in the depth of the facade.
The CNA Life(R) family of insurance companies, whose underwriting companies provide a full line of individual life insurance, long-term care insurance, variable insurance and annuity products, is introducing Birthday Backup, an exclusive new term insurance program that upgrades customers with preferred rates to preferred plus rates and allows them to purchase selected plans with rates that have been set back one year.
We are directly carrying it out in Iraq where the RAF has carried out a whole series of strikes which with allies have degraded and set back Isil, and I believe that process should continue and will continue.
5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Bright House Networks Business Solutions' Set Back Box (SBB) delivers a "just like home" experience for hotel guests while they are in their rooms.
5bn bid to takeover PT Bank Danamon would possibly set back the company's ambitions in Indonesia by about five years.
It is well set back from the road and has a good-sized, well-maintained garden at the front and back.