[ set-too ]
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noun,plural set-tos.
  1. a usually brief, sharp fight or argument.

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. 2024

How to use set-to in a sentence

  • I had a little setto with Mr. Daily, when he annoyed her while he was drunk.

    Desert Dust | Edwin L. Sabin

British Dictionary definitions for set to

set to

verb(intr, adverb)
  1. to begin working

  2. to start fighting

  1. 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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