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lay into (2) Informal

Meaning: If you lay into someone, you criticize them in an angry way.

Synonym: lash out at, berate (formal)

For example:

  • lay into The manager got angry when she saw the problems in production and laid into her technical staff.

  • lay into We were amazed when the president laid into some reporters for asking stupid questions. He doesn't often get angry like that.

Quick Quiz:

Angie laid into her office staff because she was
  1. pleased with them
  2. interested in them
  3. unhappy with them

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