verb (intr, preposition) informal
to attack forcefully
to berate severely
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Words nearby lay into
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Idioms and Phrases with lay into
Attack physically, The boys ganged up and laid into Bobby.
Scold vigorously, as in The teacher laid into her aide when she learned he had left the children alone in the schoolyard. [Early 1800s] Also see pitch into.
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