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[usually in singular] informal
  • 2A scheme or trick intended to incriminate or deceive someone: Listen. He didn’t die. It was a set-up
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    • Was it a set-up by powerful but corrupt Saudis who felt the bootleggers had undercut their market or ripped them off over bribes or a share of the profits?
    • The thought that this whole thing was a set-up crossed her mind, involuntarily causing her to grip her gun for reassurance.
    • Is the whole accusation of racism just a set-up?
    trick, trap; conspiracy
    informal put-up job, frame-up, frame
  • 2.1chiefly North American A contest with a prearranged outcome.
  • 3(In a ball game) a pass or play intended to provide an opportunity for another player to score.
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    • These four players constitute a set-up man, two middle relievers, and a leftie.
    • But the clearance just turned out to a perfect set-up for substitute Neuville to ram in another equaliser.
    • Matt Anderson, Doug Brocail, Danny Patterson, Jim Poole and Masso Kida are the set-up men.

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