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set about sth
start doing sth that uses a lot of time or energy
set out
start a journey
start off/out
begin a life, existence or a profession in a particular way
the beginning
call off
decide to stop an activity that had already started
dry up
end or stop coming
break off
stop or interrup
finish off
complete the last part of what they are doing
polish off
finish sth quickly and easily
pack up
collect his things together, usually after finishing doing sth
give up
stop doing or having sth
cut down
reduce the amount or number
wind down
gradually relax after sth that has made you feel tired or worried
fizzle out
gradually end or disappear, usually in a disappointing way
give up
stop doing sth before you have completed it, usually because it's too difficult