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  • v. To leave; to begin a journey or trip.
  • v. To begin; to cause; to initiate.
  • v. To cause to explode.
  • v. To make angry.
  • v. To offset, to compensate for: to reduce the effect of, by having a contrary effect.


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  • As Cheyenne walked by the senior boys, I noticed Trey Prescott, handsome as ever in a crisp white shirt that set off his dark skin, staring straight ahead.


  • Early fall 1986 was a busy time for all of us at the White House: Besides completing work on the tax reform act, there was the crisis set off by the arrest of American journalist Nicholas Daniloff in Moscow, my second summit conference with Mikhail Gorbachev, and other matters that kept us hopping, including congressional elections.

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  • The mantid turned its head to watch it, seemingly amused by its presumption, then set off in pursuit.

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  • In 1995, at the age of eighteen, LaShekia set off for Pace University in New York City, hoping to be the first college graduate in her family.

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  • A few seconds later, the door swung open, and Nora turned to see an athletic-looking woman about her own age, with pale blue eyes and a summer tan set off by short-cropped, naturally white-blond hair.


  • Early one morning Neil and two of his fellow Scouts, John “Bud” Blackford and Konstantine “Kotcho” Solacoff, set off for Carey, Ohio, ten miles to the north, on their twenty-mile qualifying hike toward a badge required to make Eagle Scout.

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  • As we set off on the campaign trail, I attempted to tell Americans what we had accomplished in California to reduce waste and welfare abuse, and I proposed returning to states and communities direct control over a variety of federal programs such as welfare, aid-to-education, and housing, along with the taxing power to pay for them.

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  • Lisa wanted to cheer too, but one word Proctor had said had set off alarms in her head.

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  • So after a quick mug of tea we set off in the dark towards Kenneggy Sands, in the hope that the dog will empty before we are condemned to spending a confined and smelly night with him.

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  • Candy and the Bolt Brothers hugged each other, a round mutual hug, and set off up the road for the mountain in the dusk.



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