set to work

set to work
to start working, especially in a determined or enthusiastic way
set to work on:

I set to work on the mountain of paperwork on my desk.

set to work (on) doing something:

After lunch, they set to work fixing the roof.

set to work to do something:

He quickly set to work to build a shelter from the rain.


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  • set to work — To employ in, or to engage energetically in, a piece of work • • • Main Entry: ↑work * * * set to work (or set someone to work) begin or cause to begin work …   Useful english dictionary

  • set to work — index employ (engage services), engage (hire), exert, exploit (make use of), hire, manipulate (utilize skillfully) …   Law dictionary

  • set to work — to begin doing something. They set to work bringing order to an organization that didn t even know how many computers it had. She pulled out her brushes and paper and set to work making a studio out of her hotel room …   New idioms dictionary

  • set to work — verb a) To begin working. As soon as he got home, he went to his desk and set to work. b) To begin working at. Everyday he sets to work at the new assignments …   Wiktionary

  • set to work on something — get/go/set/to work (on something) phrase to start doing something Let’s get to work on this right now. Thesaurus: to start doing somethingsynonym Main entry: work …   Useful english dictionary

  • set to work — begin to work; indicate someone to begin to work …   English contemporary dictionary

  • To set at work — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set to work — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set on work — Work Work (w[^u]rk), n. [OE. work, werk, weorc, AS. weorc, worc; akin to OFries. werk, wirk, OS., D., & G. werk, OHG. werc, werah, Icel. & Sw. verk, Dan. v[ae]rk, Goth. gawa[ u]rki, Gr. e rgon, [digamma]e rgon, work, re zein to do, o rganon an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set to work — Work Work (w[^u]rk), n. [OE. work, werk, weorc, AS. weorc, worc; akin to OFries. werk, wirk, OS., D., & G. werk, OHG. werc, werah, Icel. & Sw. verk, Dan. v[ae]rk, Goth. gawa[ u]rki, Gr. e rgon, [digamma]e rgon, work, re zein to do, o rganon an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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