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Set-back   /sɛt-bæk/   Listen

Structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly.  Synonyms: offset, setoff.

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"Set-back" Quotes from Famous Books

... in the Balkans in 1912 and 1913 completed the conversion of those who still clung to the policy of peaceful bullying. The formation and triumph of the Balkan League in 1912 formed a grave set-back for the Berlin-Bagdad project, which would be ruined if these little states became strong enough, or united enough, to be independent. The break-up of the Balkan League and the second Balkan War of 1913 improved the situation from the German point of ...
— The Expansion of Europe - The Culmination of Modern History • Ramsay Muir

... keenly disappointed. But he tried to make light of their set-back, and distracted Johnnie's thoughts from the roof by producing two wonderful presents. One was an unframed picture of Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, looking splendid and soldierlike in a uniform and a broad hat turned up at one ...
— The Rich Little Poor Boy • Eleanor Gates

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