One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Criticize or punish (someone) harshly.‘she came down on me like a ton of bricks’
reprimand, rebuke, reproach, scold, admonish, reprove, remonstrate with, chastise, chide, upbraid, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the riot act, give someone a piece of one's mind, haul over the coals, criticize, censureView synonyms
- ‘Consequently, the reaction - coming down on her like a ton of bricks - should be seen to express how society at large views racism.’
- ‘I did come down pretty hard on her illegal drug use, so I can evaluate her response to that in order to gauge the rest.’
- ‘It is hard to keep coming down on them in a town where there is nothing for them to do.’
- ‘I have never done ANYTHING wrong to these people, and yet they are coming down on me without reason.’
- ‘It was not a case of us coming down on them because they weren't performing or any other issues.’
- ‘It seems I have upset one of the more remote of my readers when I came down a wee bit heavily on divers using hard drugs.’
- ‘It'd be good to see referees coming down on this like a ton of bricks.’
- ‘One kind of crime the former drugs squad officer is determined to come down on heavily, he warned, is the pushing of illegal drugs.’
- ‘And the taxation system favours big business while coming down on the small businessman.’
- ‘The first time I heard of you guys, it was in an article about the police coming down on one of your shows.’
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