set to work

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set to work

  1. (intransitive, idiomatic) To begin working.
    As soon as he got home, he went to his desk and set to work.
    Everyday he sets to work at the new assignments.
  2. (intransitive, idiomatic, with gerund) To begin working at.
    As soon as I could, I set to work making the entries.
  3. (transitive) To cause to begin working.
    I will immediately set them to work.
    I was setting the children to work cleaning their rooms.
    I set the pump to work getting the water out of the basement.