set to work

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Now this made Jove angry, so he sent among them a big Stork that soon set to work gobbling them all up.
Montgomery, having unshipped the rudder, landed likewise, and all set to work at unloading.
She was a good deal frightened by this very sudden change, but she felt that there was no time to be lost, as she was shrinking rapidly; so she set to work at once to eat some of the other bit.
Ribby and Tabitha set to work to search the house thoroughly again.
But the Tin Woodman set to work with his axe and chopped so well that soon he cleared a passage for the entire party.
I couldn't lie hidden in the bottom of the boat, leaving Juag alone exposed to the deadly shafts, so I arose and, seizing another paddle, set to work to help him.
But dusk is coming on, and I must set to work again.
He said no more, but taking his tools and two pieces of wood, he set to work diligently.
But my brothers began to be jealous of my prosperity, and set to work to plot against my life.
All hands now set to work to prepare a winter cantonment.
All hands now set to work cutting down trees, clearing away thickets, and marking out the place for the residence, storehouse, and powder magazine, which were to be built of logs and covered with bark.
He acknowledged no acquaintances but saw in all these men only brothers, and burned with impatience to set to work with them.