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1Start something moving or working.‘the mobile of five clouds is set in motion by a little fan’
propel, drive, drive forwards, move forwards, move, actuate, set in motion, get going, get movingView synonyms
- ‘This setup allows the wheel to be set in motion once the axle starts to turn.’
- ‘Measure the length of the string before setting the pendulum in motion.’
- ‘Once set in motion and free of outside disturbances, the axes of these spinning globes should keep pointing in the same direction.’
- ‘Once set in motion by the Creator they continued by their own inexorable internal logic.’
- ‘There was a soft sigh and then the sound of creaking as he sat down in the old rocking chair and set it in motion.’
- 1.1Start or trigger a process or series of events.‘plunging oil prices set in motion an economic collapse’
- ‘In June the company missed a quarterly loan payment to its banks, setting in motion the move toward bankruptcy.’
- ‘This sets in motion a cascading series of events which ratchet up the tension and speed up the pace; turning a mystery into a thriller.’
- ‘To set this in motion it will require a simple club majority of nine votes from 16.’
- ‘A friend mentioned something last night that has set a series of things in motion.’
- ‘He dialled 911 and a bizarre series of events was set in motion.’
- ‘When the bank moves in to foreclose, she decides to double-cross the duo, setting in motion a series of events which spiral out of control.’
- ‘But that court appearance set in motion a chain of events which cost him his job, his home and his wife.’
- ‘This move has set in motion what is likely to become the most acrimonious contest in local athletics history.’
- ‘But then the education minister of the time, Thomas Wells, resigned, setting in motion a series of events that changed everything.’
- ‘The sexual charge between Anna and Dan proves too great however, setting in motion a chain of events which sees these four characters cross paths and rebound in unexpected directions.’
- ‘Little did Christina know that this would be the day that set in motion a chain of events that would splinter her family.’
- ‘For when Ray happened to mention to the doctor that he was hard of hearing, it set in motion a train of events which eventually led to the discovery he was suffering from a brain tumour.’
- ‘For better or for worse, a chain of events has been set in motion by these two that cannot be predicted with any certainty.’
- ‘Neville's actions set in motion a chain of events that have become depressingly familiar these days.’
- ‘Their disobedience sets in motion a series of life-changing events that will alter the entire town before it's all over.’
- ‘That set in motion a sequence of events that I don't think I want to re-visit anytime soon.’
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