“We had members of Congress savaging what was going on down there [at Gitmo],” Rumsfeld said.
A critic should not balk at savaging what is bad just as he does not shy from praising what is good.
Republicans are savaging the administration for opposing a non-union Dreamliner plant in South Carolina.
What about his Restore Our Future, which is savaging Gingrich in Iowa?
Yet in an atmosphere in which the Romney and Perry campaigns are savaging each other, Gingrich rarely attacks his GOP rivals.
But we had members of Congress savaging what was going on down there.
mid-13c., "fierce, ferocious;" c.1300, "wild, undomesticated, untamed" (of animals and places), from Old French sauvage, salvage "wild, savage, untamed, strange, pagan," from Late Latin salvaticus, alteration of silvaticus "wild," literally "of the woods," from silva "forest, grove" (see sylvan). Of persons, the meaning "reckless, ungovernable" is attested from c.1400, earlier in sense "indomitable, valiant" (c.1300).
"wild person," c.1400, from savage (adj.).
"to tear with the teeth, maul," 1880, from savage (adj.). Earlier "to act the savage" (1560s). Related: Savaged; savaging.
A young police officer eager to make arrests (1940s+ Police)