set upon

set upon
phrasal to attack usually with violence <
the dogs set upon the trespassers

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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

  • set upon — ► set on (or upon) attack or urge to attack violently. Main Entry: ↑set …   English terms dictionary

  • set\ upon — • set (up)on v 1. To begin suddenly to fight against; attack fiercely. Tom was walking through the park when a gang of boys set on him. 2. To cause to attack. Some boys went to steal melons but the farmer set his dog on them …   Словарь американских идиом

  • set upon — Synonyms and related words: ambush, assail, assault, attack, blitz, bushwhack, come at, come down on, crack down on, descend on, descend upon, fall on, fall upon, gang up on, go at, go for, harry, have at, hit, hit like lightning, jump, land on,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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