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set-to (n.)

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

updated on June 15, 2022

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Definitions of set-to from WordNet

set-to (n.)
a brief but vigorous fight;
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