Definition of set piece in English:

set piece

Syllabification: set piece


  • 1A thing that has been carefully or elaborately planned or composed, in particular.
  • 1.1A self-contained passage or section of a novel, play, film, or piece of music arranged in an elaborate or conventional pattern for maximum effect: the film lurches from one comic set piece to another
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    • It looks nice, plays well and has some great set pieces with the music placed to them perfectly.
    • These comic set pieces sweeten the icing that coats Layer Cake's underlying darkness.
    • The set pieces and special effects are superb, again because of Jackson's unusual approach.
  • 1.2A formal and carefully structured speech.
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    • He admitted the set-piece speech wasn't his forte, pointing out his greater ability in TV interviews and off-the-cuff speeches, but he was never to gain the upper hand again.
    • There's a fair bit of humour this time round, in between the bouts of violence and the various set-piece speeches Tarantino hands his characters.
    • The real shift of policy then comes in a big set-piece speech.
  • 1.3A carefully organized and practiced move in a team game by which the ball is returned to play, as at a scrum in rugby or a free kick in soccer.
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    • Shortly before half-time Ribblesdale increased the tempo, with depletion of the Cumbrian set-piece allowing more secure possession and also a more stable scrum.
    • Neither set-piece forces Boumnijel to work, but the pressure is building.
    • With a third set-piece similar to Elliott's previous two efforts, Steven Hammell dispatched another commendable drive wide of the post.
  • 1.4An arrangement of fireworks forming a picture or design.

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