noun, plural set-tos.

a usually brief, sharp fight or argument.

Nearby words

  1. set-back,
  2. set-in,
  3. set-in sleeve,
  4. set-jetting,
  5. set-off,
  6. set-top box,
  7. set-up,
  8. seta,
  9. setaceous,
  10. setaceously

Origin of set-to

First recorded in 1735–45; noun use of verb phrase set to Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for set-to



"bout, fight," 1743, originally pugilistic slang, from verbal phrase; see set (v.) + to.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper