set back

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v set back slow down the progress of; hinder "His late start set him back"
    • v set back hold back to a later time "let's postpone the exam"
    • v set back cost a certain amount "My daughter's wedding set me back $20,000"
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Usage

In literature:

But in the meantime F's work advances by the inch, only to be set back again and again.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
Yit I ain't got no time fer ter set back yer en fetch out de oggyments.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
I never thought, when I set out, I should bring the quality back with me.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
He pulled the whistle, released the knob, and turned back to the window, setting his elbows on the casing.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
I'll pay you back sometime for that, because I am going to set up as a dressmaker pretty soon.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The cabin was a small three-room affair, set back from the street, between two vacant old storehouses.
"Stubble" by George Looms
I could do nothing, therefore, until the bird should leave me, and fly back to whatever had first set it a-going.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
They set forth with her in a litter for London town, and what came back was her coffin, and that picture.
"It Might Have Been" by Emily Sarah Holt
The British species should be set back 8 in.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
Next is Dr. Powell's residence and surgery; the house is not visible, being set back from the street.
"Some Reminiscences of old Victoria" by Edgar Fawcett
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In poetry:

SHEILA
He is not set
In hardness yet; he will give back in armfuls
What he took in his hands.
"The Miracle Of The Corn" by Padraic Colum
“And I have found a quiet grange,
Set back in meadows sloping west,
And there our little ones can range
And she can rest.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
Back shining from the pane, the fire
Seems outside in the snow:
So love set free from love's desire
Lights grief of long ago.
"Songs of the Winter Nights" by George MacDonald
Set the cheirs back to the wa', Janet;
Mak ready for quaiet fowk.
Hae a'thing as clean as a windin-sheet:
They comena ilka ook.
"Halloween" by George MacDonald
To set the stones back in the wall
Lest the divided house should fall,
And peace from men depart,
Hope and the childlike heart.
"Lincoln" by John Vance Cheney
At morn when her husband sets off to his wark,
Shoo starts him off whistlin, as gay as a lark;
An at neet if he's weary he hurries straight back,
An if worried forgets all his cares in a crack.
"Happen Thine" by John Hartley

In news:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans were able to get an extra hour of sleep this morning thanks to the annual shift back to standard time — at least if they remembered to set their clocks back an hour.
Set your clocks back this Sunday.
All clocks will need to be set back one hour.
But if you show up at your favorite place for coffee Sunday morning and there is nobody there….the logical explanation is that you forgot to set your clock back 1 hour.
Springfield, Mass (WGGB) Don't forget to set your clocks back before you go to bed on Saturday Night.
Michigan gives up Daylight Savings Time this Sunday morning at 2am when we set the clocks back one hour.
The Rams, having already set up their long-term future by moving back four spots to No.
When you're ready to jump back into the workforce, think skill sets over work experience.
Here, in no particular order, is a look back at some of the best boxed sets of 2011.
As Fresno Unified prepares to head back to school excitement is building around a new campus set to open for the first time in less than two weeks.
Saturday's home game against Detroit marked the completion of the Cavaliers' first of five consecutive back-to-back sets.
Clocks should be set back one hour on Saturday night.
Set back from the road in a wooded area of town, the gray colonial-style house looks like a typical suburban family home.
Pee On a Tree 2010 is all set back up in the North County.
If you buy every item mentioned in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" you'll be set back $107,300 this year.
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In science:

Hence it pull-back attracts any random closed set inside U (ω).
The random case of Conley's theorem: II. The complete Lyapunov function
This random attractor is invariant and attracts every pulled-back tempered random set under the forward flow.
Random Attractors for the Stochastic Benjamin-Bona-Mahony Equation on Unbounded Domains
The idea dates back at least to and the complexity of this problem was examined in the context of set covering problems.
Complexity of comparison of influence of players in simple games
Let us switch back to the topological setting, where all spaces are compact Hausdorff spaces equipped with the σ-algebras of Borel sets and the mappings are continuous.
Randomizations of models as metric structures
The concept of ends in the discrete settings goes back to Freudenthal .
A note on the Poisson boundary of lamplighter random walks
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