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    was being set upon by three others

    Hello,

    Could you please explain the meaning of this phrase: 'was being set upon by three others'.
    It appeared in a story about a British granny who fought off six store robbers.

    "I was standing talking with a woman when I heard a commotion, and I looked across and saw six young men on scooters," she said. "At first, I thought one of them was being set upon by three others. I was not going to stand by and watch somebody take a beating or worse, so I tried to intervene."

    I think it means that three guys wanted to mug, attack a guy.

    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: was being set upon by three others

    'Set upon' should be in our list of phrasal verbs. It isn't yet, but it will be when I get 'a round tuit' [weak joke - there's no such thing as a tuit, round or otherwise.]

    b

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