set to work - definition and synonyms

  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.

See also main entry: set