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