One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he and his friends were set on by a gang’
attack, assail, assault, hit, strike, beat, give someone a beating, thrash, pound, pummel, wallop, hammer, tear into, set about, set upon, fall on, turn on, let fly at
informal lay into, lace into, beat the living daylights out of, sail into, pitch into, let someone have it, get stuck into, paste, do over, work over, rough up, knock about, knock around
British informal duff up, have a go at
North American informal beat up on, light into
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