Phrasal Verb: Set off

Phrasal Verb: Set off


Meaning: Explode a bomb

Example: Terrorists SET OFF a car bomb in the city centre last night. Fortunately, no-one was hurt or killed.

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Phrasal Verb: Set off


Meaning: Ring an alarm

Example: The smoke SET the fire alarm OFF.

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Phrasal Verb: Set off


Meaning: Start a journey

Example: We SET OFF for work at seven-thirty.

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Phrasal Verb: Set off


Meaning: Counterbalance a debt

Example: The company SET OFF its overseas debts against it profits at home.

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Meaning: Provide a visual contrast that looks good

Example: The dark frame SETS the pale drawing OFF well.

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Phrasal Verb: Set off


Meaning: Cause, trigger events

Example: The pay freeze SET OFF a wave of strikes.

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