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Phrasal Verbs

lay into (2)

This page is about the phrasal verb 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

a. pleased with them

b. interested in them

c. unhappy with them

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