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set someone about something
to make someone begin doing something. I set the boys about raking up the leaves. She set herself about repairing the damaged machine.
set about something/doing somethingalso set about to do something
to begin to do or deal with something Beall has set about the delicate task of getting the companies to work together. After putting up the tent, she set about making a fire. I bought a computer, got a book of instructions, and set about to learn how to use it.
Begin, start, as in How do we set about solving this puzzle? [c. 1600]
To start doing something or some task: After collecting sticks, the campers set about building a fire.