set to work (doing something)

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set to work (doing something)

To begin to do something with a specific intention in mind. We set to work creating the most elegant and user-friendly smartphone ever made. He found a mop and set to work cleaning the floors in every room of the house.
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set someone or something to work

to start someone or something working; to cause someone or something to begin functioning. The captain set everyone to work repairing the tears in the fabric of the sails. We will set the machines to work at the regular time.
See also: set, to, work

set to work (on someone or something)

to begin working on someone or something. We have finished questioning Tom, so we will set to work on Fred. We set to work on dinner at noon.
See also: set, to, work
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

go/set to ˈwork (on something)

(also get (down) to ˈwork (on something)) start working on a particular task: I set to work on the car, giving it a good clean.I ought to get to work on that report.
See also: go, set, to, work
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Mike continues: "When we acquired the house it needed complete refurbishment and so were set to work doing all the essentials such as plumbing, electrics and heating.
The Cyprus Presidency has made progress, but there are still a few loose ends to be tied up, which the Irish will set to work doing.
As the power of the tools was grasped, they were set to work doing things that had previously been impossible, or at least not cost-effective.
"We have immediately set to work doing all we can to identify the culprits and the council will push for the highest sanctions as part of our drive to stamp out environmental crime.
Sean set to work doing as much of the reconstruction himself as possible while supporting his family by playing tin whistle as the All Ireland Champion.
He set to work doing bone marrow studies and transplants in mice to provide cells that would be good recipient of the virus payload.