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set on/upon sb

verb uk phrasal verb with set   /set/ ( present participle setting, past tense and past participle set) us  
[often passive] to attack someone: He was set upon by a vicious dog. 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.
Translations of “set on/upon sb”
in Chinese (Traditional) 攻擊(某人), 圍困(某人), 堵截(某人)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 攻击(某人), 围困(某人), 堵截(某人)…
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