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.
'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.]