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Phrasal Verbs

set back (2)

This page is about the phrasal verb 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

a. one new boyfriend

b. two thousand dollars

c. three full days

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