Phrasal Verbs

set off (2)

This page is about the phrasal verb set off (2)


to make something explode or blow up


let off, detonate, explode

For example

  • set off sth Suddenly there was a flash of light and a huge explosion. Someone had set off a bomb.

  • set sth off The Chinese New Year celebrations were really noisy because thousands of people were setting fireworks off.

Nouns often used as objects with set off (2): bomb, explosives, explosion, grenades, fireworks, fire crackers

Quick Quiz

The rebel soldiers used mobile phones to set off

a. ring tones

b. roadside bombs

c. wrong numbers

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