from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Football An offensive back who lines up behind the quarterback.

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  • v. to delay or obstruct
  • v. to remove from or allow distance
  • v. to cost money, as


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  • "Ah, childer!" said she, "it fair troubles me to go into yond 'room now: it looks so lonesome wi' the chair empty and set back in a corner."

    Jane Eyre: an autobiography, Vol. II.

  • Rain was falling on Spanish Lake, and fog rolled off the water and hung in the trees and smudged the lit windows in the houses set back from the road.

    Jolie Blon’s Bounce

  • There was a four-car garage set back to one side, but a Jaguar, a Mercedes, a Honda S2000, and a Cadillac were lined up along the drive.


  • If there were ever anyone more deserving of a full-length effigy in marble, a little dog at his feet, sarcophagus set back in its own velvet-draped chapel — surely it was Shakespeare.

    the dirty duck

  • As she started toward the hide-covered shelter set back from the stream, she felt a low rumble rise to a terrifying roar.

    The Clan of the Cave Bear

  • On the outskirts of Bippus, in a two-story reinforced concrete block building set back a few yards from his home, John Nixon ran a small company called Athena Research & Consulting.

    Defending the Damned

  • It was lovely as the sun set, with the Ming Temple set back among the pines.

    Barbara Bush

  • I was facing a small lawn decorated with shrubbery and azalea bushes, set back maybe fifty feet from the sidewalk between First and Second Avenues.

    Manifesting Michelangelo

  • Goody and Hannah both were set back for a moment, for the human-form naga were well formed, male and female.

    Pet Peeve

  • Alone, I believe, among the Concord houses of former times, it is set back far enough from the country-road to have an avenue leading to it, lined with balm of Gilead trees, and guarded at the entrance by two tall granite posts somewhat like obelisks.

    The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne


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