set to Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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set to

phrasal verb with set uk   us   /set/ verb (present participle setting, past tense and past participle set)


to ​startworking or ​dealing with something in an ​energetic and ​determined way: If we all set to, we should be ​able to ​finish the ​job in a ​week.


informal to ​begin to ​fight

set-tonoun [C usually singular]

uk   us   /ˈset.tuː/ /ˌsetˈtuː/ UK informal
a ​shortargument or ​fight: Dad had a ​bit of a set-to with the ​neighbours about ​theirplayingloudmusic all the ​time.
(Definition of set to from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “set to”
in Chinese (Simplified) 工作, 干劲十足地开始做, 毅然开始…
in Chinese (Traditional) 工作, 幹勁十足地開始做, 毅然開始…
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