to burst into or resort to verbal or physical attack
British informal to be extravagant, as in spending
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How to use lash out in a sentence
And activists have used the semi-anonymity of social media to lash out against the government.
But all of them add up to a coiled-up rage, ready to lash out at the nearest target.Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage | Arthur Chu | October 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Hammami followed his video by taking to Twitter to lash out at Shabaab and its emir.
The unending negotiations have given Israel the domestic stability to lash out in the region, using its American made weapons.The Oslo Accords Have Served U.S. and Israeli Interests, But Not Palestine's | Jesse Rosenfeld | September 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
If the U.S./NATO forces respond with military action against Syria, would Assad lash out by unleashing chemical weapons on Israel?For Israel, Syria Intervention is Both a Security Imperative and Risk | Joel Braunold | August 27, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The big whistle boomed again, dead ahead, and so much nearer that it provoked the skipper to lash out a round oath.Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
Taylor watched, expecting to see a bolt of heat lash out toward the spy.The Whispering Spheres | Russell Robert Winterbotham
Just at that moment, he would have given a million dollars for the skill to lash out a long hit.The Boy Scouts of Lakeville High | Leslie W. Quirk
There is no need, however, for criticism to lash out indiscriminately at all hurried writing.The Art of Letters | Robert Lynd
Although the horse continued to lash out with his heels he struck nothing, and always his enemy was at his side or in front.Ted Strong's Motor Car | Edward C. Taylor
Other Idioms and Phrases with lash out
Make a sudden blow or fierce verbal attack. For example, The mule lashed out with its hind legs, or After listening to Dad's criticism of his driving, Arthur lashed out at him. [Second half of 1500s]
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