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set upon

Definition of set upon

  1. :  to attack (someone or something) —often used as (be) set upon <The protesters were set upon by police dogs.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to cause to sit :  place in or on a seat

    :  to put (a fowl) on eggs to hatch them

    :  to put (eggs) for hatching under a fowl or into an incubator

  1. :  the act or action of setting

    :  the condition of being set

    :  a number of things of the same kind that belong or are used together

  1. :  intent, determined

    :  intentional, premeditated

    :  fixed by authority or appointment :  prescribed, specified

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  1. :  on

  1. :  on the surface :  on it

    :  thereafter, thereon


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