set (oneself) up as (something)

phrasal verb

Definition of set (oneself) up as (something)

1 : to try to make people believe that one is (something) He sets himself up as a defender of the people, but he's really only interested in getting more power.
2 : to start one's own business She set herself up as a wedding planner.

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