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[set-uhp] /ˈsɛtˌʌp/
  1. station (def 14a).
  2. a surveying instrument precisely positioned for observations from a station.
  3. a gap between the end of a chain or tape being used for a measurement and the point toward which it is laid.


[set-uhp] /ˈsɛtˌʌp/
organization; arrangement.
an act or instance of setting up or getting ready:
The setup of the lights and camera took most of the morning.
the carriage of the body; bearing.
a camera position, as for a particular shot.
everything required for an alcoholic drink except the liquor, as a glass, ice, and soda water, as served to patrons who provide their own liquor.
  1. an undertaking or contest deliberately made easy.
  2. a match or game arranged with an opponent who can be defeated without risk or effort.
  3. an opponent easy to defeat.
  1. a shot or play that results in a puck, shuttlecock, ball, or balls being so positioned as to provide a player with an easy opportunity for a winning shot:
    a playmaker who excels in setups.
  2. the position of such a puck, ball, etc.:
    a setup close to and to the left of the goalkeeper.
  3. the puck, ball, etc., itself:
    The wing banged the setup into the goal.
an arrangement of all the tools, parts, apparatus, etc., necessary for any of various specific jobs or purposes.
the equipment or items necessary for a particular activity or period; kit:
Each student gets a weekly setup of clean blankets, sheets, and towels.
a plan or projected course of action.
a prearranged situation or circumstance, usually created to fool or trap someone; trick; scheme.
Origin of setup
1600-10; noun use of verb phrase set up
Usage note
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Examples from the web for setup
  • It wasn't a bad setup for my parents either, since it meant having convenient and trusted babysitters.
  • setup and menus are not as intuitive as other applications and devices.
  • The problem is, no one he knows has the requisite setup.
  • The test participants did not know that the sounds of agony were actually a recording and the entire setup was a hoax.
  • Given a bit of time and complete freedom in setup, should be possibly for anyone to come up with alternate distribution models.
  • If it can rehabilitate the mines and setup new ones then it has a chance.
  • It depends how many troops and if they setup a permanent base.
  • The time has certainly come to change over from the current html setup.
  • The current setup is ineffective at incorporating the will of these groups.
  • But of course you wont do it and you will continue writing such awry books with twisted conclusions from a biased world setup.
British Dictionary definitions for setup

set up

verb (adverb, mainly transitive)
(also intransitive) to put into a position of power, etc
(also intransitive) to begin or enable (someone) to begin (a new venture), as by acquiring or providing means, equipment, etc
to build or construct: to set up a shed
to raise, cause, or produce: to set up a wail
to advance or propose: to set up a theory
to restore the health of: the sea air will set you up again
to establish (a record)
(informal) to cause (a person) to be blamed, accused, etc
  1. to provide (drinks, etc) for: set 'em up, Joe!
  2. to pay for the drinks of: I'll set up the next round
(printing) another term for set1 (sense 12)
(informal) the way in which anything is organized or arranged
(slang) an event the result of which is prearranged: it's a setup
a prepared arrangement of materials, machines, etc, for a job or undertaking
a station at which a surveying instrument, esp a theodolite, is set up
(films) the position of the camera, microphones, and performers at the beginning of a scene
physically well-built
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Word Origin and History for setup



"arrangement," 1890, from verbal phrase set up, attested from c.1200 as "to make ready for use" and from 1950 (in pugilism) as "to bring (someone) to a vulnerable position;" from set (v.) + up (adv.). The verbal phrase also can mean "to establish" (early 15c.) and "put drinks before customers" (1880).

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Slang definitions & phrases for setup


  1. A person who is easily duped, tricked, etc; patsy, sucker: a set-up, a tout's dream come true (1926+)
  2. A one-day jail sentence (1920s+ Underworld)
  3. glass, ice, soda, etc, to be mixed with liquor: They supplied the set-ups (1930+)
  4. Dishes, utensils, etc, constituting a place setting for a meal (1934+ Lunch counter & restaurant)
  5. Arrangement; organization; situation; mode of operation: except its size and its co-op set-up (1890+)
  6. A house, office, apartment, etc: He has a very comfy setup in a rehabbed brownstone (1940s+)

[most senses apparently fr the setting up of billiard or pool balls to ensure a special or a trick shot]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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