a usually brief, sharp fight or argument.
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How to use set-to in a sentence
Now that sets up an interesting little potential set-to in 2016, no?
If they were to set-to to shout as soon as we had landed, our chance of getting back again would be at an end.A Chapter of Adventures | G. A. Henty
Why, I used to be once close to the kennel where they kept the foxhounds, and they used to set-to and sing sometimes all at once.!Tention | George Manville Fenn
So he came again, and they had another regular set-to, and the boy had another good sound thrashing.Algonquin Indian Tales | Egerton R. Young
So was his successful set-to in the brewery yard with Lefty Dinan, the Tenth street cock-of-the walk.The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
She was as sure of that as she was sure that the sun would set to-night in the west and would rise again to-morrow in the east.The Moving Finger | Mary Gaunt
British Dictionary definitions for set to
to begin working
to start fighting
informal a brief disagreement or fight
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Other Idioms and Phrases with set-to
Apply oneself, begin, work energetically, as in We set to revamping our policy on child care, or She set to studying for the bar exam. [Early 1400s]
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