Definition of set someone against in English:

set someone against

phrasal verb

  • Cause someone to be in opposition or conflict with.

    ‘he hadn't meant any harm but his few words had set her against him’
    • ‘It was the bitter resentment of an unhappy childhood that set Butler against all dogma, all overweening authority and authoritarianism.’
    • ‘Now, 9 months later, we have a complicated bill that sets New Zealander against New Zealander.’
    • ‘It tries to set us against each other and changes all the time.’
    • ‘You want to know what has set Sir Prescott against me?’
    • ‘This culture courts distrust of other people: making us suspicious of others and their motivations for action, and setting us against each other.’
    • ‘During a 1946 labor strike heavily infiltrated by communists, Reagan felt Marxism's heavy boot, an experience that would permanently set him against tyranny.’
    • ‘There is no place for the kind of Government that sets New Zealanders against each other.’
    • ‘All of my instincts set me against the government's proposed move to outlaw incitement to religious hatred.’
    • ‘Ahab, on the other hand, is a spoiler, whose obsession with the white whale sets him against this process, morally and materially.’
    • ‘He wanted to set me against him, to get me to say something stupid to John, to force John to choose between me and him.’
    alienate from, estrange from, cause to dislike
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