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1. adjective Prepared or ready to begin or undertake something. Is everyone set to eat? We have our legal team set to draw up contracts whenever you are ready.
2. verb To prepare or begin doing or undertaking something, especially with energy or enthusiasm. After the Christmas break, we set to drafting up a new plan for our next project. Sarah is setting to earn her law degree next year.
3. To begin fighting. The two dogs snarled at one another before setting two right there on the sidewalk. The two students were brought to the principal's office after they set to over an insult during recess.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
to begin to fight; to attack or commence someone or something. The two boys set to almost as soon as they met each other. They set to and fought for about ten minutes, cursing and screaming.
*set to do something
ready to do something. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) I'm all set to go. Are you ready? We are set to leave at a moment's notice.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Apply oneself, begin, work energetically, as in We set to revamping our policy on child care, or She set to studying for the bar exam. [Early 1400s]
2. Begin fighting, as in Both of them were furious, and they set to immediately. [First half of 1700s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To begin working energetically: After we selected the tree, I picked up the ax and set to. We set to cleaning up the mess after the party.
2. To begin fighting: With no hope of escape, I put up my fists and set to.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.