lash out

verb(intr, adverb)
  1. to burst into or resort to verbal or physical attack

  2. British informal to be extravagant, as in spending

Words Nearby lash out

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How to use lash out in a sentence

  • 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.

  • 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

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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