set upon someone

set upon someone
set upon (someone/something) to attack someone or something.

I saw an old man set upon by muggers in an alley.

Demonstrators wearing ski masks set upon a stopped police car.


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  • set upon something — set upon (someone/something) to attack someone or something. I saw an old man set upon by muggers in an alley. Demonstrators wearing ski masks set upon a stopped police car …   New idioms dictionary

  • set upon — (someone/something) to attack someone or something. I saw an old man set upon by muggers in an alley. Demonstrators wearing ski masks set upon a stopped police car …   New idioms dictionary

  • set upon — phrasal verb [transitive, usually passive] Word forms set upon : present tense I/you/we/they set upon he/she/it sets upon present participle setting upon past tense set upon past participle set upon set upon someone/something to attack someone or …   English dictionary

  • set upon — verb assail or attack on all sides: The zebra was beset by leopards • Syn: ↑beset • Hypernyms: ↑assail, ↑assault, ↑set on, ↑attack • Verb Frames: Somebody s somebody …   Useful english dictionary

  • set upon — verb To attack someone. I was set upon by a couple of young thugs. Syn: set on …   Wiktionary

  • set — set1 [ set ] (past tense and past participle set) verb *** ▸ 1 put someone/something somewhere ▸ 2 make something happen ▸ 3 make equipment ready ▸ 4 decide time/place/value ▸ 5 establish way to do something ▸ 6 do something that influences ▸ 7… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • set — /set/, v., set, setting, n., adj., interj. v.t. 1. to put (something or someone) in a particular place: to set a vase on a table. 2. to place in a particular position or posture: Set the baby on his feet. 3. to place in some relation to something …   Universalium

  • set — [set] vt. set, setting [ME setten < OE settan (akin to Ger setzen & Goth satjan < Gmc * satjan), caus. formation “to cause to sit” < base of SIT] 1. to place in a sitting position; cause to sit; seat 2. a) to cause (a fowl) to sit on… …   English World dictionary

  • set — Ⅰ. set [1] ► VERB (setting; past and past part. set) 1) put, lay, or stand in a specified place or position. 2) put, bring, or place into a specified state. 3) cause or instruct (someone) to do something. 4) give someone (a task) …   English terms dictionary

  • set someone/something on — (or upon) cause or urge a person or animal to attack I was asked to leave and threatened with having dogs set upon me …   Useful english dictionary

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