set afoot

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The work of the Holy Spirit is often set afoot by the least likely persons.
I suggest that the decision on whether to abolish it or not be delayed to see whether the schemes set afoot to rejuvenate John Whitehead Park are viable.
In 1906, under the then-established British Residency in Brunei, plans were set afoot to move the inhabitants of Kampong Ayer onto the land, presuming this to be healthier for them.
Major decisions were immediately taken on the independence of the Bank of England, plans were set afoot for the reform of the House of Lords, and Scotland was given its new Parliament and Wales a new Assembly.
Emigration schemes were set afoot and excited crowds greeted upon arrival the women who were willing to leave their countries for promising opportunities abroad.