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  1. to start working, especially in a determined or enthusiastic way
    set to work on:

    I set to work on the mountain of paperwork on my desk.

    set to work (on) doing something:

    After lunch, they set to work fixing the roof.

    set to work to do something:

    He quickly set to work to build a shelter from the rain.

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a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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