setback

setback set‧back [ˈsetbæk] noun [countable]
something that delays the progress or development of a plan, activity etc or makes things worse than they were before:

• The company suffered a setback when it lost a bid to become the partner in a new venture.

• After a series of setbacks things are beginning to look up for Britain's second-largest bank.

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setback UK US /ˈsetbæk/ noun [C]
something that happens that causes a delay or prevents a process from continuing: »

He suffered a setback yesterday in his attempts to take a stake in the mobile phone company.

a setback to/for sth »

The new rule was a setback to smaller cable operators thinking of selling to other companies.

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a major/serious setback

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The decision is the latest in a series of setbacks for the industry.

STOCK MARKET, FINANCE a fall in prices on a stock or financial market: »

The mail order group suffered a 17p setback to 366.5p.

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Small companies are less likely to be diversified so setbacks in a single sector are more likely to wipe them out.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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