jump all over someone


Also, jump or land on someone. Scold, reprimand or criticize someone. For example, Brian jumped all over his son for being late, or The editor jumped on Dennis for getting the names wrong, or He was always landing on me for something or other. The first metaphoric term dates from the mid-1800s, the second from the late 1800s. Also see jump down someone's throat.

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