- When Mary set out to become a writer, she had no idea how difficult it would be to earn a living.
- He has achieved what he set out to do three years ago...
- Salesmen who deliberately set out to defraud customers.
- Are you suggesting that he deliberately set out to sabotage your work?
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■ to begin doing something that is part of a plan.
■ If you set out to do something, you start trying to do it.
■ to start doing something or making plans to do something in order to achieve a particular result.
■ to start doing or working on something in order to achieve a goal.
- When we set out on this project, we knew it would be difficult. [set out on]
- Are you suggesting that he deliberately set out to sabotage your work? [set out to do something]
.... Cambridge Idioms, Cobuild, LDOCE, Macmillan