|Question:||Set your daughter up|
|Term:||set them up, like I believe you set your daughter up,|
|Lesson:||Dr. Laura, Dr. Laura Speaks with a Mother who is Jealous of Her Daughter|
After looking over the lesson, in this case,
set up = made something happen in a certain way OR intentionally put someone in bad situation
The mom bought the gift knowing that her daughter wouldn't like it. The mom caused the situation and then blamed her daughter for the situation. Dr. Laura is trying to explain why a mother would set up such a situation. In doing so, the mom also sets up (slightly different meaning of set up) her own daughter (puts her daughter in a situation that makes the daughter look bad). Both meanings are used in this lesson.
I hope that wasn't overkill.
I probably understand "set up" in your answer.
My understanding is that it is not exactly the same but similar to "plan". So, the mom knew what happen if she did what she was going to do, and she did it. Is it correct?
This story is about distorted emotions, and that is the reason why I am so confused.
Thank you for your help!
Yes, she knew what would happen, but did it anyway.
Plan is a good word to think of for set up. Plan doesn't always capture the exact connotation of set up, but it is a good approximation. Keep reading/listening and you'll start to catch nuances :)