To set upon to strike
- To dedicate the initial act of hostility or offense to begin with a quarrel or conflict which will make an attack with on
- use the effort and carry on the unpleasant
- To dedicate the initial work of hostility or offense; to begin a quarrel or controversy; which will make an attack; -- with upon.
- To set upon; to attack.
"attack," 1714, back-formation from aggression, but used earlier in the day with a sense of "approach" (1570s) plus in this good sense from French aggresser, from belated Latin aggressare, frequentative of Latin aggredi "to approach, assault." Associated: Aggressed; aggressing.
(v. i.) To dedicate the very first work of hostility or offense; to start a quarrel or conflict; to make an attack; -- with upon.
- (v. t.) To create upon; to strike.
- (letter.) Aggression.