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set (someone or something) 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. Wow, how much did those shoes set you back?
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.
3. 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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set someone back

tv. to cost someone. This bracelet set me back plenty.
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Research has shown that to bring up a child from birth to 18 years of age today, will set one back at least a million dollars or more.
''Attempts to get ahead of time as a rule set one back. That's why we have to give the problem a peaceful consideration, creating positive impulses to move ahead on the basis of the declarations you have mentioned.
Donatella, whose haute-couture gowns can set one back pounds 10,000, has already "whipped up" some long pastel coats and matching frocks for 52-year-old Camilla.
The price options are a lot more wallet-friendly compared to places like Dubai Marina, where rents can set one back Dh50,000 to Dh100,000 a year or the Greens, where landlords' asking prices range between Dh60,000 and Dh80,000 annually.
All told, a full course meal for one person would set one back around P3,000.
They've also requested 24 of the Baccarat Vega goblets, which will set one back 125 dollars each.
Booking a similar ticket at a major airline at this time of year can easily set one back more than Dh6,000.
A trip to a theme park can set one back approximately Dh150 to Dh840 per person.
It's still a good deal, according to Cebu Pacific, considering that shipping a bundle of goodies, commonly called balikbayan boxes, to the Philippines can easily set one back Dh115 to Dh379 and senders have to wait for one month to three months for the shipment to arrive.