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set (one) down as (something)

To regard or consider one as something, especially in a dismissive or condescending manner. It's easy to set him down as a brainless braggart, but there is a deceptive amount of strategy in his approach. After she was caught smoking pot, her teachers set her down as a miscreant.
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set (something) down to (something)

To regard or determine something as arising from a particular cause or source. We just have to set the failure down to bad luck. They'll set this mistake down to your inexperience, but that excuse won't fly for long.
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set down

1. Literally, to place someone or something down on or into something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "set" and "down." You can set down those groceries on the table, thanks. I set the baby down in her playpen and then went to answer the phone.
2. To note or record something, especially in writing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "set" and "down." I'd like everyone to set down a few ideas for the next project before tomorrow's meeting. He set down some broad ideas for the story.
3. To deem, consider, or regard someone or something to be a certain type or person or thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "set" and "down." I had set her down as nothing but a fool, but she proved me wrong.
4. To deem something to be the cause of something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "set" and "down." We set David's erratic behavior down to sleep deprivation.
5. To land an aircraft. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "set" and "down." They were forced to set the plane down in the river after one of the engines failed. I'm just looking for a good place to set the hot-air balloon down.
6. Of an aircraft or its pilot, to land. When are we supposed to set down in Chicago?
7. colloquial To sit down, especially in order to relax. Primarily heard in US. Now why don't you just set down in here and take a load off your feet!
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set someone or something down

 and put someone or something down
to lower or set down someone or something. (See also set something down; put someone or something down.) Put me down! Please set that vase down. It cost a fortune. Put down that gun!
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set someone down (on something)

 and set someone down (onto something)
to place a person one is carrying or lifting onto something. I set the small boy down onto the desk and gave him a piece of candy. Set the baby down and come over here.
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set something down

 and put something down 
1. to place something on the surface of something. Andy set the hot skillet down on the dishcloth and burned a hole in it. He set down the skillet here and burned the counter.
2. to write something on paper. Let me put this down on paper so we will have a record of what was said. I will set down this note on paper.
3. to land an aircraft. The pilot put the plane down exactly on time. I can't set down this plane in the fog.
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set down

1. Place in a lower position, as in Set the baby down here, or Set the bags down on the hall table. [Late 1400s]
2. Put in writing, record, as in Just set down all the facts as you remember them. [Second half of 1500s]
3. Regard, consider, as in Just set him down as a fool. [Late 1700s]
4. Assign to a cause, ascribe, as in Let's set down his error to inexperience. [Early 1800s]
5. Land an aircraft, as in The pilot set the plane down hard on the runway. Also see put down.
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set down

v.
1. To put something on the surface of something: They set the boxes down on the floor. I set down my book and closed my eyes.
2. To put something in writing; record something: I set down some ideas for a novel. The committee set their findings down in a report.
3. To land some aircraft: The pilot set the plane down hard. She found a clearing and set down the helicopter.
4. To land: The plane set down at a small airport outside the city.
5. Baseball To put out some batter; retire someone. Used of a pitcher: The pitcher set down the first two hitters. The hitter stepped up to the plate, and the pitcher set him down with a fastball.
6. set down as To regard someone as something: They set her down as a liar and never trusted her again.
7. set down to To attribute some event to some cause: Let's set the error down to inexperience.
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And the 32–year–old had to dig deep once more to recover from a set down to eventually run out a 3–6 6–4 6–3 winner.
Seoul: Polish top seed Agnieszka Radwanska rallied from a set down to win the Korea Open at her first attempt on Sunday, edging out Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 6-4.
After about another five to 10 minutes another bus pulled in with the same "set down only".
After coming from a set down twice, Murray and Marray then broke their opponents when they served for the match in the fifth set before holding out until the 28th game.
FOURTH seed Nikolay Davydenko recovered from a set down to advance to the second round of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships yesterday.
Last year's finalist Dinara Safina was a straight-sets winner over Elena Baltacha while third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova had to come from a set down to beat unseeded German Angelique Kerber in a match that finished at 1.45am local time.
In a rematch of their 2004 final at Arthur Ashe Stadium, when Federer landed the first of his titles, it took four sets to defeat the 2001 winner, although the world number one had to come from a set down today before dispatching the 31st seed and fellow 28-year-old 4-6 6-3 7-5 6-3.
Then the next Square, wherein I found that Letter (l) I reckon 1, and count till I come to the 9th square, again from the said (l) wherein I find the Letter (u) which I put down next to (l) as above, from thence I count to the 9th Square further, and find the Letter (r) which having set down, I count on to the 9th Square beyond, and find the Letter (i) which having set down, I count on again to the 9th Square farther, and find the Letter (d) which having set down, I count on again to the 9th Square, and there find the Letter (a) which having set down, I count on to the 9th Square further, and there find a Blank, by which I know the Word is ended.
Now a new translation into English by academician Reza Ordoubadian successful presents the language and imagery of Hafez to a new generation of readers who will find his verse to be as fluent, enjoyable, thoughtful, inspiring, relevant and universal today as they were when originally set down so long ago.
Stackhouse decided to retreat, reported WATE Channel 6, but Lambert told him, "You're not leaving with that gun." Stackhouse set down his gun and fled--leaving his driver's license behind.
the truths which God wished to be set down in the sacred writings for the sake of our salvation (Dei Verbum, 11)." But a third writer then spells out what he means by that.
and the Whale moved and the Earth trembled, so Allah set down mountains upon it which stabilized it, and He the Exalted said: We set down mountains upon earth so that it does not move".
There is a more intimate atmosphere with seating angled toward the infield and set down closer to the field.
If never quite substantiated, the film's argument that the superreligious and possibly lifelong virgin Darger was simply unfamiliar with female anatomy tempers certain suspicions, and evidence presented from his diaries that he was a constant self-incriminator who sought God's forgiveness for sins as minuscule as failing to set down a drinking glass properly will likely serve as satisfactory penance for all but the most sex-phobic contingent of the Christian Right.