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    set off

    Dear teachers,

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

    As soon as the slimy ball of food touches the back of your throat it sets off an automatic reflex reaction.

    set off = give rise to, cause to occur, as in “The acid set off a chemical reaction. “

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    Re: set off

    Quite so.

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