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set in motion

Definition of set in motion in English:

1Start something moving or working: the mobile of five clouds is set in motion by a little fan
More example sentences
  • Once set in motion and free of outside disturbances, the axes of these spinning globes should keep pointing in the same direction.
  • This setup allows the wheel to be set in motion once the axle starts to turn.
  • Once set in motion by the Creator they continued by their own inexorable internal logic.
1.1Start or trigger a process or series of events: plunging oil prices set in motion an economic collapse
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  • He dialled 911 and a bizarre series of events was set in motion.
  • When the bank moves in to foreclose, she decides to double-cross the duo, setting in motion a series of events which spiral out of control.
  • But then the education minister of the time, Thomas Wells, resigned, setting in motion a series of events that changed everything.
start, begin, activate, institute, initiate, launch, get under way, get going, get in operation, get working/functioning, get off the ground, start/get/set the ball rolling;
trigger off, set off, spark off, generate, cause, bring about
formal commence
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