There are 2 main definitions of set to in English:

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set to 1

1Begin doing something vigorously: she set to with bleach and scouring pads to render the vases spotless
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  • 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.
2(Of a dancer) acknowledge another dancer, typically one’s partner, using the steps prescribed: the gentleman sets to and turns with the lady on his left hand
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There are 2 main definitions of set to in English:

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set-to 2

noun (plural set-tos)

informal
A fight or argument: we had a little set-to in the pub
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  • 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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