set upon

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set (someone or something) (up)on (one)

To command, instruct, or order someone or an animal to attack someone. The guards set the dogs on the would-be thieves. The crime boss set his goons upon the accountant who refused to launder money for them.
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set (up)on (doing something)

Determined to or focused on doing something. My cousin, set upon being the best tennis player in the world, trains for three hours every day. She's been set on becoming a fighter pilot ever since she was a little girl.
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set (up)on (someone or something)

To viciously and violently attack or maim someone or something. The pair of thieves set upon the traveling merchant, stealing his goods and leaving him half-dead on the side of the road. The parade descended into chaos as a drunken band of teenagers set upon the main float and began tearing it to pieces. The deer was set on by the mountain lion.
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set upon someone or something

to attack someone or something violently. The dogs set upon the bear and chased it up a tree. Bill set upon Tom and struck him hard in the face.
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set upon

To attack someone or something violently: The gang set upon their victim with clubs.
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They were set upon after two men burst into their home.
15am yesterday morning when he was set upon by a group of five to six youths.
All of which added up to nothing but an early shower after Williams and the Indians set upon him in the fourth inning.
The date of the meeting, which had been scheduled for October 20, 2003, will be set upon completion and filing of the 2002 Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Staffordshire Police said four males - aged 15, 16, 18 and 24 - were now helping with inquiries into an attack on the 29-yearold officer, who was set upon near a library in Tamworth.
A visitor to Tyneside was set upon and suffered a smashed jaw in a street attack.
The 52-year-old victim was set upon as she walked in Alfred Street, Bloxwich at 3.
The youngster was riding along Yewdale Road, Walton, when he was set upon by two older boys.
POLICE have made a fresh appeal for help after a man was set upon by a gang of up to seven youths.
The 21-year-old was set upon by other Iraqi Kurds at a cash machine at Tesco in Springburn.
A 22-YEAR-OLD man had his cheekbone broken when he was set upon by three men in Cardiff.
American Seth Wright, 19, and fellow Mormon Forrest Rackham were in Hailesland Road in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh, when they were set upon by up to eight youths.
Michael Thompson, 31, suffered serious facial injuries when he and another man, aged 32, were set upon by a gang of up to 20 Asian youths in the Lund Park area of Keighley, West Yorkshire.
All of which won Watson nothing but an early shower after Williams and the Indians set upon him in the fourth.