Idiom:  lay into someone

Meaning

Idiom:  lay into someone

  • to yell at or strongly criticize someone
  • to attack someone physically


Example sentences

verbal attack:

  • Last night I laid into my roommate for eating all my cookies.
  • It really doesn't help when my husband lays into our daughter for getting poor grades when we know she's studying very hard and doing her best.
  • I'm tired of you laying into Sarah about her grades.  What she needs is support so I've hired I a tutor to come three times a week to help her.
  • Our coach really laid into us for not preparing well during the off-season .
  • Laying into your puppy for peeing on the carpet is not helping to change his behavior. I recommend you hire a professional trainer. 

physical attack:

  • I hate it when my boyfriend gets drunk because he looks for any opportunity to lay into someone.
  • My son is in the hospital after an entire group of football players laid into him as he was walking home.
  • Police were called when our neighbor laid into his wife and gave her a black eye.


Synonyms

physical attack

  • to give someone a tongue lashing
  • to chew someone out
  • to let someone have it 
  • to jump all over someone
  • to come down on someone like a ton of bricks

verbal attack

  • to beat the hell out of someone
  • to rough up someone
  • to rip someone to pieces

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