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    Set up to fail

    I'm having trouble finding a definition for the phrase "set up to fail" or "set up for failure"

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    Re: Set up to fail

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I'm having trouble finding a definition for the phrase "set up to fail" or "set up for failure"
    Taking deliberate action to make someone or something unsuccessful.
    "The new TV program was set up to fail because it was on at the same time as the Super Bowl game." (More people will watch the Super Bowl than the new show.)
    "The candidate was setting himself up to fail by hiring the convicted felon to be on his campaign staff." (The voters will not elect a candidate who supports felons.)

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