Значение идиомы set off

[set off] {v.} 1. To decorate through contrast; balance bydifference.

The bright colors of the birds were set off by thewhite snow.

A small gold pin set off her plain dark dress.

2. Tobalance; make somewhat equal.

Her great wealth, as he thought, setoff her plain face.

3a. To begin to go.

They set off for the Westin a covered wagon.

Compare: SET OUT. 3b. To cause to begin.

Aletter from home set off an attack of homesickness.

An atomicexplosion is created by setting off a chain reaction in the atom.

Compare: TOUCH OFF. 3c. To cause to explode.

On July 4 we set offfirecrackers in many places.

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