set about doing

set about (doing something)

To undertake a task; to begin doing something. After the meeting, I'll set about writing a draft of the report. They set about cleaning the house from top to bottom before their next guests arrived.
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set about doing something

to begin to do something. When are you going to set about fixing the roof? We will set about painting the house when the weather gets a little cooler.
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References in classic literature ?
You always did, and you always will, when you set about doing as you please.
Nevertheless, by the time I had buried the last of my companions my stock of provisions was so small that I hardly thought I should live long enough to dig my own grave, which I set about doing, while I regretted bitterly the roving disposition which was always bringing me into such straits, and thought longingly of all the comfort and luxury that I had left.
I told him exactly how everything had happened, and when I said I must go, and asked him to further me on my way, he made no sort of difficulty, but set about doing so at once.
They have been very entertaining and for me they are a great example of how a club should set about doing things.
David Warner and Rogers set about doing that, the former making 40 before he went leg before to R Ashwin.
Luke Fish and Josh Dunleavy set about doing what they have all season and removed a stubborn Quins batting line-up for 46 second time around.
If you really want your kids to have a strong religious upbringing then, as Dave Allen used to say, may your God go with you as you set about doing this in a church, mosque, or synagogue, or even, how about this, in your own home?
Having destroyed Audrey Roberts' relationship with reformed con man Lewis Archer, Glo has set about doing the same to Rita and Dennis because she's a "malicious trollop", according to Rita.
And so Val, who worked in Hong Kong as a designer and trained in traditional Thai massage in Thailand, set about doing just that.
After being diagnosed with inoperable cancer, he set about doing something positive to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Anderson and Pietersen set about doing just that, with a long bowl and a long bat each in a net practice - closely and appropriately attended by Andy Flower.
Participants are given a theme 12 months in advance and many groups set about doing their best to win worthwhile prizes.
As with the original, the genius of this Deus Ex is the freedom with which you can set about doing so.
I asked James would he let me train Cybersnow if I took out a licence and thankfully he said yes, so I set about doing the course, and I got the results of the interview and test last week.
And "while the Protestants fought over who should do the work, the Catholics simply set about doing what needed to be done" (p.