set upon

set upon
phrasal verb [transitive, usually passive]
Word forms "set upon":
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
set upon someone/something to attack someone or something

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  • 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 — index accost, assail, assault, earnest, oppugn, persistent Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • 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: Somebody s somebody …   Useful english dictionary

  • set upon — PHRASAL VERB: usu passive If you are set upon by people, they make a sudden and unexpected physical attack on you. [be V ed P] We were set upon by about twelve youths and I was kicked unconscious …   English dictionary

  • set upon — verb To attack someone. I was set upon by a couple of young thugs. Syn: set on …   Wiktionary

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

  • set upon — phr verb Set upon is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑mob …   Collocations dictionary

  • set upon someone — 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 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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