1 of 2


plural set-tos
: a usually brief and vigorous fight or debate

set to

2 of 2


set to; setting to; sets to

intransitive verb

: to begin actively and earnestly
: to begin fighting

Examples of set-to in a Sentence

Noun they had a brief set-to about money, but they seem to have resolved it
Recent Examples on the Web
Into this unholy mess blunders Juan (Juan Amador), bearing the gushing stigmata of a violent set-to in a Sacramento bar. Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2023 His truest, ugliest self tends to emerge in his increasingly frequent set-tos with Linda, whose impatience with his documentary persona gradually wears through even her considerable acting ability. Guy Lodge, Variety, 20 Sep. 2023 The flashpoint for those set-tos was TCC’s purchase of two large, derelict properties on the edge of town. Paul Solotaroff, Rolling Stone, 1 July 2023
The talks on the Area Standards Agreement set to run through May 31, with an extra day of negotiations recently added to the schedule on May 28. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 11 May 2024 The print could be set to match her serpent theme, or in reference to Bryan Fury, also from Tekken, fans speculate. Solcyré Burga, TIME, 10 May 2024 Travelers Insurance, one of California’s largest home and auto insurers, is set to increase its rates by an average of 15%, the latest in a string of rate increases and policy limitations that major insurers say is caused by wildfire risks, reinsurance costs and inflation. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2024 Stout's latest exhibition, Glitz & Glamour, is set to dazzle audiences with an array of captivating new artworks and paintings. Molly Peck, USA TODAY, 10 May 2024 The special, which will also be live, is set to air Sunday, Feb. 16, from 8-11 p.m. ET. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 May 2024 In Maryland, the Susquehanna Bridge is set to receive $2.1 billion for a faster track. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 10 May 2024 Large parts of the 2017 tax cut are set to expire next year, setting up a likely battle in Congress. Scott Horsley, NPR, 10 May 2024 The brood last emerged in 2011, and with its 13-year life cycle it's set to emerge again in 2037. Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1743, in the meaning defined above


circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of set-to was circa 1525

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Cite this Entry

“Set-to.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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