set off

Definitions

  • Jack set off in search of new adventures
    Jack set off in search of new adventures
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v set off cause to burst with a violent release of energy "We exploded the nuclear bomb"
    • v set off set in motion or cause to begin "The guide set the tour off to a good start"
    • v set off direct attention to, as if by means of contrast "This dress accentuates your nice figure!","I set off these words by brackets"
    • v set off provoke or stir up "incite a riot","set off great unrest among the people"
    • v set off put in motion or move to act "trigger a reaction","actuate the circuits"
    • v set off leave "The family took off for Florida"
    • v set off make up for "His skills offset his opponent's superior strength"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Producer Paul Maslansky was on the set of The Right Stuff when a bus from the local police academy rolled up. After a bunch of freaks walked off, a sergeant explained that the mayor had forced the department to loosen its acceptance standards. Not too long afterwards, Police Academy hit the theaters.
    • Set off to adorn: to place against as an equivalent
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Quotations

  • Marcus Valerius Martial
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    “Rarity gives a charm; so early fruits and winter roses are the most prized; and coyness sets off an extravagant mistress, while the door always open tempts no suitor.”
  • Mal Pancoast
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    “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. settan; cog. with Ger. setzen, Ice. setja, Goth. satjan; settan is the weak causative of sittan, to sit.

Usage

In literature:

Quickly putting on her snow-shoes, Mary set off with Tony.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
Their white walls are set off by dark brown woodwork.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
The weather was beautifully fine, and they set off in high spirts.
"The Settlers in Canada" by Frederick Marryat
We mounted our horses, and set off with all speed.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
Mr Fluke tucked it under his arm, and taking Owen by the hand they set off.
"Owen Hartley; or, Ups and Downs" by William H. G. Kingston
As soon as Carlos heard this, he proposed that we should set off on a shooting expedition.
"In the Wilds of Florida" by W.H.G. Kingston
Calling to his men to follow, two only being left in the boat, Adair set off in pursuit of the Arabs and their captives.
"The Three Commanders" by W.H.G. Kingston
When you are ready to set off, come to me, and I will give you my letter.
"Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. II" by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon
The two lads, wishing their fathers and mothers and all hands good night, set off to their abode.
"The Young Berringtons" by W.H.G. Kingston
Plavacek took the letter and set off immediately.
"Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen" by Alexander Chodsko
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In poetry:

Lightly forsaking the Spring mist as it rises,
the wild geese are setting off.
Have they learned to live
in a flowerless country?
"Seeing The Returning Geese" by Ise
It doesn't show varry mich thowt,
When aw'm left wi' all th' haasewark to do,
For fowk to set off an do nowt,
Net soa mich as to blacken a shoe.
"A Quiet Day" by John Hartley
Th' foirs aght! an it stops aght for me!
Aw'il bother noa mooar wi' th' old freet!
Next time they set off for a spree,
They'st net leeav me th' foir to leet.
"A Quiet Day" by John Hartley
God hath made starres the foil
To set off vertues; griefs to set off sinning:
Yet in this wretched world we toil,
As if grief were not foul, nor vertue winning.
"The Foil" by George Herbert
We, who in Youth, set white and careless teeth
In the Ripe Fruits of Pleasure while they last,
Later, creep back to gnaw the cast-off sheath,
And find there is no Rival like the Past.
"No Rival Like The Past" by Laurence Hope
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:

Subprime mortgages have been linked to a meltdown in housing and questionable Wall Street practices, and they may have been the original domino that set off America's current economic crisis.
O fficials in Nicaragua say rising costs for electricity have set off protests and confrontations, with some demonstrators taking over an airport.
Officials in Nicaragua say rising costs for electricity have set off protests and confrontations, with some demonstrators taking over an airport.
No suicide bombs were set off.
Construction Dust From Outside Set Off Alarm.
An international passenger set off a security scare at New York's John F Kennedy Airport Thursday afternoon when a customs agent discovered what appeared to be a grenade in his luggage.
Pima County Sheriff Sets Off Debate on Price of Free Speech.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is setting off on a three-nation tour of Asian nations.
B etween 1951 and 1992, the United States set off nearly a thousand nuclear bombs.
China Vice President Xi Jinping was not seen in public for two weeks, setting off rumors.
Stephane Deneve sets off Bernstein fireworks at the Bowl.
WASHINGTON — The shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and others at a neighborhood meeting in Arizona on Saturday set off what is likely to be a wrenching debate over anger and violence in American politics.
The machine automatically locked and turned on, setting off a frantic scramble to rescue the boy.
Henry Rodriguez's wildness sets off alarms.
Chinese authorities would not say what set off the violence in Xinjiang .
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In science:

They seem to carry a similar dependence and off set by 4 − 5M of further evolution.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
The Gilbert-Pearson subordinacy theory shows that µφ is supported off the set of energies for which a subordinate solution exists, but does not satisfy the boundary condition φ.
Sparse Potentials With Fractional Hausdorff Dimension
Therefore we conclude that it is important for efficient calculation to use random phase vector and to choose a basis set that makes the off-diagonal elements sparse (or banded) and small.
Random phase vector for calculating the trace of a large matrix
Let us turn the deviations ∆β1 and ∆β2 temporarily off by setting them to zero.
A Scaling Law for Quark Masses and the CKM matrix
If K is not a finite field then since BK rational point off the branch point set of X → BK × F .
Fields of moduli of hyperelliptic curves
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