lay into (2) Informal
Meaning: If you lay into someone, you criticize them in an angry way.Synonym: lash out at, berate (formal)
- 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.
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