set about (doing something)

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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 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.
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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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set about

Begin, start, as in How do we set about solving this puzzle? [c. 1600]
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set about

v.
To start doing something or some task: After collecting sticks, the campers set about building a fire.
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Their loved ones set about doing something positive to honour their memories.
Again, I did a low cost refurb and set about doing something different there, but with the focus as always on great drinks, great food and excellent customer service" said Matt.
His family and friends immediately set about doing something in his name.
We spoke to the youths and it became ever clearer that they had no where to go to meet up so we set about doing something about it.
So she set about doing something about it - and this stunning picture shows how, after a huge effort,she managed to lose an impressive four stone.
Before Christmas Mr Cameron set about doing something about the image of the Conservatives, from setting up a Social Justice Policy Group and getting Bob Geldof to advise him on poverty, to rounds of photo opportunities aiming to show how youthful and in-touch he is.
A couple of years ago someone on the parochial church councilraised the issue at a meeting and we set about doing something.
had set about doing something similar, tabulating the sundry theories about Soviet life and taking note of their strengths and weaknesses.
reason then I could set about doing something about it, but I'm as puzzled now as I was on Thursday.
Does anyone seriously think I would deliberately walk in and set about doing something that may offend some people?
But Atkins has grown disenchanted with youth development in the English game and has set about doing something about it.
We felt that there was a considerable gap between the elitism of fine art galleries and the mass produced images of the high street, so we set about doing something about it.
That was when Dave decided it wasn't good enough to remember the nation's war dead that way and set about doing something about it.