set (someone, something, or oneself) up as (someone or something)(redirected from set themselves up as)
set (someone, something, or oneself) up as (someone or something)
To do or arrange what is necessary for someone, something, or oneself to succeed at, function as, or act in the capacity of something. My friend set me up as a box office manager in the theater where he works. I'm working on a degree in finance to set myself up as an accountant.
set someone or something up as something
to arrange for or equip someone or something to be or work as something. His uncle set him up as a tax consultant. Lee set up his nephew as a tax consultant. Ken set the company up as a partnership.