set about (doing something)(redirected from set about doing something)
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.
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 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.
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.