Set-off meaning

(idiomatic) To begin; to cause; to initiate.

I had no idea that one simple comment would set off such a huge argument.

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(idiomatic) To cause to explode.

What a tragedy, that someone would set off a bomb in a crowded place.

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(idiomatic) To make angry.

Don't set him off or he won't shut up all day.

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(idiomatic) To offset, to compensate for: to reduce the effect of, by having a contrary effect.

My taxes did not increase because the amount of my raise was set off by my losses in the stock market.

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That which is set off against another thing; an offset.
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(dated) That which is used to improve the appearance of anything; a decoration; an ornament.
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(law) A counterclaim; a cross debt or demand; a distinct claim filed or set up by the defendant against the plaintiff's demand.
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(printing) An offset.
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(idiomatic, intransitive) To leave; to begin a journey or trip.

He set off in search of better opportunities.

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