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set about (one)

old-fashioned To attack or assault one physically. The two thugs set about the poor man with iron crowbars. I accosted the man for his rude remarks, and he set about me before I knew what was happening.
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

set about

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

set about

v.
To start doing something or some task: After collecting sticks, the campers set about building a fire.
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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.
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