set off (v.)
enhance, show to advantage, display by contrast
2H4 I.ii.13[Falstaff to Page] If the Prince put thee into my service for any other reason than to set me off
Cym I.vii.170[Iachimo to Innogen, of Posthumus] He hath a kind of honour sets him off
Cym III.iii.13[Belarius to Guiderius and Arviragus] it is place which lessens and sets off [i.e. both diminishes and makes prominent]
Tem III.i.2[Ferdinand alone] There be some sports are painful, and their labour / Delight in them sets off
TNK V.iii.28.1[Emilia to Theseus, of darkness] many a murder / Set off whereto she's guilty
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