set against

set against
set against
1. To assail
2. To compare or balance
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Main Entry:set

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set against [phrasal verb]
1 set (something) against (something)
1 a : to compare (something) to (something else)

Let's set the advantages against the disadvantages.

— often used as (be) set against

The challenges of fixing the problem now must be set against the dangers of waiting until later to act.

The fines were small when set against the company's huge annual profits.

see also set 2 (above), 1
1 b Brit : to list (something) as an expense in order to reduce (income for which you must pay tax)

You can set your mortgage payments against your rental income.

2 set (yourself) against (someone or something) : to decide that you do not support (something or someone) : to be or become opposed to (something or someone)

She set herself against the prevailing beliefs of the time.

He has set himself against (joining) them.

3 set (someone) against (someone) : to cause (someone) to disagree with or oppose (someone)

The incident set brother against sister.

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Main Entry:set

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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