set to work

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All hands now set to work to prepare a winter cantonment.
But this did not suit them, so they sent another petition to Jove, and said to him, "We want a real king; one that will really rule over us." 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.
And the little doves stooped their heads down and set to work, pick, pick, pick; and then the others began to pick, pick, pick: and among them all they soon picked out all the good grain, and put it into a dish but left the ashes.
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 from the time that after Karenin's trouble she took him under her special protection, from the time that she set to work in Karenin's household looking after his welfare, she felt that all her other attachments were not the real thing, and that she was now genuinely in love, and with no one but Karenin.
But my brothers began to be jealous of my prosperity, and set to work to plot against my life.