set upon

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:
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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

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phrasal
see set on I

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set upon
1. To set on
2. Determined on
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Main Entry:set

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ˈset u ˌpon [transitive] usually passive [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] phrasal verb
to attack someone or something
Thesaurus: to attack a person or objectsynonym
Main entry: set

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set upon [phrasal verb]
set (someone or something) upon (someone) : to attack (someone or something)
— often used as (be) set upon

The protesters were set upon by police dogs.

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Main Entry:set

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • set upon — phrasal to attack usually with violence < the dogs set upon the trespassers > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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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 with force — index assault, attack Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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