There are 2 definitions of set to in English:

set to1

Begin doing something vigorously: she set to with bleach and scouring pads to render the vases spotless
More example sentences
  • He exits the room, locking it behind him, and sets to find Basil's things so he can burn them.
  • He bows good bye and sets to climb down the mountain side.
  • Assuming her son killed him after a fight, she quickly sets to the task of covering up the murder to protect her son.
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Word of the day internecine
Pronunciation: ˌɪntəˈniːsʌɪn
adjective
destructive to both sides in a conflict

There are 2 definitions of set to in English:

set-to2

Syllabification: set-to

noun (plural set-tos)

informal
A fight or argument: we had a little set-to about her piano practicing
More example sentences
  • They are set-tos that serve to harden the perception of Penn as entirely without humour.
  • Since then she has had several set-tos with the administration over various topics.
  • But even this hawkishness hasn't spared him from set-tos with conservatives.

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