Definition of set about in English:

set about

1Start doing something with vigour 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.
Synonyms
begin, start, make a start on, go about, set to, get to work on, get down to, get going on, embark on, tackle, attack, address oneself to, buckle down to, undertake; put/set the wheels in motion, get down to business, get/set the ball rolling, put one's shoulder to the wheel, put one's hand to the plough, roll up one's sleeves, get things moving
formal commence
2British informal Attack (someone): the policeman began to set about him with his truncheon
More 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.
Synonyms
attack, assail, assault, hit, strike, beat, give someone a beating, thrash, pound, pummel, wallop, hammer, tear into, set upon, fall on, turn on, let fly at
informal lay into, lace into, beat the living daylights out of, sail into, pitch into, let someone have it, get stuck into, paste, do over, work over, rough up, knock about/around
British informal duff up, have a go at
North American informal beat up on, light into
See parent entry: set

Definition of set about in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day animalcule
Pronunciation: ˌanəˈmalˌkyo͞ol
noun
a microscopic animal