Definition of set-aside in English:

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1 [mass noun] The policy of taking land out of production to reduce crop surpluses: government subsidies could be an alternative to set-aside [as modifier]: grants for providing public access to set-aside land
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  • As well as the cows we have five sheep on set-aside land and arable for feed.
  • Most of the land had been included in EU set-aside schemes and a riding school was operating on the remaining part of the farm.
  • Ireland sought a derogation for the use of set-aside land some weeks ago in view of the persistent wet weather conditions this year.
1.1Land taken out of production under the set-aside policy: he has fifty acres of set-aside
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  • Covering every acre of agricultural set-aside with short coppice willow and burning every scrap of carbon neutral forestry residue might scrape up another four per cent!
2US A government contract awarded without competition to a minority-owned business.
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  • His core component of municipal projects was minority business set-asides.
  • Nevertheless, the courts have struck down minority set-asides and affirmative action programs at all levels of government.
  • ‘Courts across the nation are striking down racial preferences and set-asides,’ they said in a prepared statement.
3US A portion of funds reserved for a particular purpose.
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  • It has been at least 15 years since any appreciable number of CDC houses or apartments got Section 8 set-asides.
  • It's been forgotten, though, that he was also in favor of racial set-asides, reparations for slavery, a socialist economy, and class war.
  • Our efforts on public policy had lofty legislative goals and led to the passage of the Weeks Bill in 1911, which allowed for new federal reserve set-asides for the purpose of protecting watersheds.

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