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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. 2018

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Word Origin and History for set-to

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

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