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Definition of "set-off" [set•-off]

  • That which is set off against another thing; an offset. (noun)
  • That which is used to improve the appearance of anything; a decoration; an ornament. (noun)
  • A counterclaim; a cross debt or demand; a distinct claim filed or set up by the defendant against the plaintiff's demand. (noun)
  • An offset. (noun)

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Use "set-off" in a sentence
  • "But the problem presents itself when I look at my friends' Facebook photos and see telltale florid skin set-off against chalky white rings around their eyes, as though they've just touched down after a fortnight on the Alps in skiing goggles."
  • "The United States collects taxes on behalf of foreign governments already (and allows a set-off against our taxes for taxes collected abroad) for all kinds of things, property, income taxes, etc."
  • "They can set-off their little firecrackers all day every day as far as I'm concerned."