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    set off

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    It all started when Abagnale's parents got separated. With only US$25 in his checking account, he sets off for Manhattan to escape the worries of strained home life. He also vows to bring his father and mother back together, and help his debt-ridden father.

    When do you set off for Europe?

    set off = to separate from a whole; to assign to a particular purpose, to have a certain direction in motion, to enter upon a journey; to start, to leave

    Thanks for your efforts.



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    Re: set off

    Yes, though in these cases, it''s leave/depart IMO rather than assign, etc.

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