Definition of set about in English:

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set about

1Start doing something with vigor or determination: it would be far better to admit the problem openly and set about tackling it
More example sentences
  • She then sets about building the nest laying her eggs as the work proceeds.
  • After breakfast he sets about cleaning his truck till it gleams and drives off to work at a stone quarry.
  • So what he does is identify a specific problem in the workplace and sets about resolving it.
2British informal Attack (someone).
Example sentences
  • He claimed the cabbie had assaulted him, setting about him with a wheel brace and then trying to run him over.
  • As he tried to recover it, the other side's players thought she was being assaulted and set about him.
  • You cheer when he manages to gain respect by setting about tormentors with a fistful of batteries.
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