set upon

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Synonyms for set upon

assail or attack on all sides: "The zebra was beset by leopards"


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I should not have harmed you had you not set upon me.
And if you were shown a flock of birds, unable to fly, and were set upon them to strip them of their feathers for your own advantage, you would set upon the birds of the finest feathers; would you not?
The sire of gods and men heeded her words, and said to Minerva, "Go at once into the Trojan and Achaean hosts, and contrive that the Trojans shall be the first to break their oaths and set upon the Achaeans.
When Pandarus had strung his bow he laid it carefully on the ground, and his brave followers held their shields before him lest the Achaeans should set upon him before he had shot Menelaus.
As the women were now approaching the cliffs, Tomar the warrior suggested that we make our way to the valley before they could intercept us, as they might attempt to detain us and were almost certain to set upon Ajor.
Over his face was the bleach of death, but set upon it was the dark and hard lines of desperate purpose.
He made thousands of different conjectures as to where and from what side the beast would come and how he would set upon it.
I think now that he was wise not to care for the advancement which most of us have our hearts set upon, and that it was one of his finest qualities that he was content with a lot in life where he was not exempt from work with his hands, and yet where he was not so pressed by need but he could give himself at will not only to the things of the spirit, but the things of the mind too.
The first intimation of danger that came to Tarzan was the impact of three bodies as the three apes leaped upon him and hurled him to the ground, where he alighted half stunned beneath their combined weight and was immediately set upon by the fifty hairy men or as many of them as could swarm upon his person.
According to the order, the monthly salary of employees of culture, youth and sports institutions, financed through the state budget, set upon the Single Tariff Scale, have been increased by 10 percent on average from March 1, 2018.
Joe Burnand, 53, was enjoying a pint with family at the Head of Steam next to Huddersfield Railway Station on Saturday afternoon when he was set upon.
The victim was set upon by a masked gang who attacked him with iron bars in the early hours of Sunday.
Three of the hives, on a disused railway line between Stonehouse and Larkhall, in Lanarkshire, were set upon by the yobs last Friday.
The 20-year-old was left with a broken nose and cheekbone and after he was set upon outside New revealed his ugly injuries to the Chronicle in the hope that witnesses would come forward.
Nathan Hackett was set upon by the violent dog in Londonderry Park, Smethwick, sustaining a broken arm, Sandwell magistrates heard.