[ set-too ]
/ ˈsɛtˌtu /
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noun, plural set-tos.

a usually brief, sharp fight or argument.



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Origin of set-to

First recorded in 1735–45; noun use of verb phrase set to
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Example sentences from the Web for set-to

  • 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)

to begin working
to start fighting

noun set-to

informal a brief disagreement or fight
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Idioms and Phrases with set-to

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]


Begin fighting, as in Both of them were furious, and they set to immediately. [First half of 1700s]

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