set on(redirected from be set on)
set (someone or something) (up)on (one)
To command, instruct, or order someone or an animal to attack someone. The guards set the dogs on the would-be thieves. The crime boss set his goons upon the accountant who refused to launder money for them.
set (up)on (doing something)
Determined to or focused on doing something. My cousin, set upon being the best tennis player in the world, trains for three hours every day. She's been set on becoming a fighter pilot ever since she was a little girl.
set (up)on (someone or something)
To viciously and violently attack or maim someone or something. The pair of thieves set upon the traveling merchant, stealing his goods and leaving him half-dead on the side of the road. The parade descended into chaos as a drunken band of teenagers set upon the main float and began tearing it to pieces. The deer was set on by the mountain lion.
set (someone or an animal) on (someone or an animal)
to command someone or an animal to attack someone or an animal. The gang leader set his thugs on the unwary tourists. Scott set his hounds on the raccoon.
set something (up)on something
to place something on the surface of something. Mrs. Franklin set a bowl of fruit upon the table. I set my empty glass on the counter.
Also, set upon.
1. Attack; see set at.
2. Instigate, urge one to engage in action, as in The older boys set on the young ones to get in trouble. [Early 1500s]
3. be set on or upon . Be determined to, as in He's set on studying law.
1. To attack someone or something: The lions set on the gazelles.
2. To urge or incite someone or something to attack someone or something: The guards set attack dogs on the intruder.
Resolved to do something or strongly wishing for something: She is set on getting a role in the play.