set off

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To count an addition in one thing against a reduction in something else.
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My taxes did not increase because the amount of my raise was set off by my losses in the stock market.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'set off':

set offTo begin; to cause; to initiate.
set offTo cause to explode.
set offTo leave; to begin a journey or trip.
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