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set back (2) Informal

Meaning: If something has set you back fifty dollars, it has cost you fifty dollars.

Synonym: cost

For example:

  • set sb back His new TV must have set him back at least $2,000.

  • set sb back How much would a ticket to The Bahamas set me back?

Quick Quiz:

Amy's new watch set her back
  1. one new boyfriend
  2. two thousand dollars
  3. three full days

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