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    Default connotations of "set in"

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track by the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Set the eggs gently in the basket!
    This additioal page must be set in at the correct point in the article.
    Set the glass in carefully so that it fits the window frame exactly.
    set in = to put in a specified position; place, put
    Can you help me to set in the sleeves?
    set in = sew on (to); stitch (to)
    Before the boat could reach shore, a storm had set in.
    He did not keep the cut clean and infection set in.
    Before the boat could reach shore, a storm had set in.
    set in = begin; start; develop
    The tide set in.
    You'd better paint the woodwork before decay sets in.
    Don't leave your things on the sand, the sea is setting in and they could get wet.
    It sets in to rain.
    It is setting in for a wet day.
    The rain had set in for the night.
    The weather is setting in fine.
    A rot sets in.
    Winter has set in very early this year.
    This fashion is setting in.
    We have to set our (own) house in order.
    The current sets in to(wards) the shore.
    My grandfather is so old and set in his ways that he'll eat nothing new.
    set in one’s way = be inflexible, fixed in one’s habits

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Default Re: connotations of "set in"

    I think you've got it!

    It is amazing sometimes how the shortest words have the most possible variant uses. Another one that amazes me is "fix" - I think the OED runs to several pages on that one, too.

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