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set on/upon sb

phrasal verb with set uk   /set/  us   /set/ verb (present participle setting, past tense and past participle set)
[often passive] to ​attack someone: He was set upon by a ​viciousdog.
to ​surround or ​catch someone and ​prevent them from ​escaping: As he ​left the ​theatre, the ​singer was set upon by ​fansdesperate for ​autographs.
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