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English definition of “set on/upon sb”

set on/upon sb

phrasal verb with set     /set/ verb (present participle setting, past tense and past participle set)
[often passive] to attack someone: He was set upon by a vicious dog.Physical and sexual assault and abductionSexual activity in general to surround or catch someone and prevent them from escaping: As he left the theatre, the singer was set upon by fans desperate for autographs.Physical and sexual assault and abductionSexual activity in general
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