lay into


verb (intr, preposition) informal

to attack forcefully
to berate severely

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Idioms and Phrases with lay into

lay into

1

Attack physically, The boys ganged up and laid into Bobby.

2

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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