from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A brief, usually heated conflict or argument.

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  • n. a fight

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A contest in boxing, in an argument, or the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sharp contest; especially, a fight at fisticuffs; a pugilistic encounter; a boxing-match; also, any similar contest, as with foils.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a brief but vigorous fight


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  • Henry's set-to with an Arsenal fan came after the final whistle, when the players went across to applaud their followers.

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  • The judgment said Suárez's claim to have been "conciliatory and friendly" in the set-to with Evra was not believable, given the "mutual animosity" of their argument clear in video evidence.

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  • Of course it's happened before – as recently as 2009 – but with so much worry about the power of the euro and the wealth of the French clubs, an Anglo-Irish set-to at the Millennium Stadium in three weeks would come like a breath of fresh air.

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  • The little set-to had occurred in so few seconds, or fractions of seconds, that they had not begun to betray recognition of each other until they were out of the machine.


  • There is no "obvious" nominee-in-waiting, and a juicy, public set-to between the party regulars, who are still chastened by losses in 2006 and 2008, and the insurgents, who despite being dubbed the Tea "Party" are not a unified group with a coherent platform or organizational structure.

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  • Even by his own high standards, Terry King's fights are exceptional, not least in the way the big set-to between Tybalt and Mercutio starts at a level of lethal jokiness and rapidly escalates.

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  • His set-to marks the beginning of the rift between the Two Cultures, with the withdrawal of professional scientists into an intellectual ghetto, and the banishment of science from the mainstream of national life.

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  • Or in the case of Texas, not deliver any.10.35pm: Another Perry v Romney set-to: "I think sometimes Americans don't know which Mitt Romney they're dealing with," says Perry, who struggles to explain what he means after that.

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  • After a time one rumbles his technique: a big emotional set-to, followed by pure bathos like Eleanor's "Well, what family doesn't have its ups and downs?"

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  • The consensus scorecard for the final set-to on Thursday had Cameron the winner, Clegg a close second and Brown -- the biggest loser in the Clegg boomlet -- a distant third.

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