Definition of lash out in English:

lash out

phrasal verb

  • 1Hit or kick out at someone or something:

    ‘the woman had lashed out in fear’
    • ‘She would attack anyone who went into her field, kicking, biting, lashing out and rearing and the more people tried to frighten her away, the worse she became.’
    • ‘Chase lashed out with another quick kick, and I was left to watch in horror as the song spun around for a backswing kick to Chase's head.’
    • ‘I lashed out, kicking at his shins, trying to scratch any area of skin that I could reach.’
    • ‘As soon as she heard his heavy breathing, she lashed out, kicking anywhere and everywhere.’
    • ‘They lashed out with a kick to Matt's stomach that sent him stumbling backward, and almost immediately launched a spin kick at his head.’
    • ‘Aged about 12 or 13 years at most, the girl started screaming abuse, crying, lashing out with fists and kicking.’
    • ‘Jumping to my feet, I lashed out with a kick to the ribs, yet my foot went right through the apparition.’
    • ‘Twice, Freddy lashes out by silently kicking a brick wall.’
    • ‘Aaron took a deep breath and figured that he had nothing to lose and lashed out with a kick aimed at the head of the nearest demon, followed up swiftly with a hook to the head of the other demon.’
    • ‘The dude lashed out with a back kick which she dodged by jumping backwards.’
    hit out, strike, let fly, take a swing
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    1. 1.1 Attack someone verbally:
      ‘in his speech, he lashed out at his enemies’
      • ‘Her surprise quickly turned to rage at him for scaring her half to death and she lashed out at him verbally.’
      • ‘I remember listening to this bitter old man lashing out against the smugness of the elites and the fact that they were sending all of the ideas the country had come to stand for down the drain.’
      • ‘It frustrated her to a point where one day she had finally lashed out on him verbally, saying how his antics we're just driving her father and farther away from ever wanting to be with him again.’
      • ‘It certainly isn't the first time Logan has verbally lashed out at Ryan.’
      • ‘And I knew even if I verbally lashed out at him, Trey would still take it.’
      • ‘There will be times when you or a protective family member want to lash out verbally at someone staring, but being abusive does not reflect well on you or your family and may leave you feeling frustrated, resentful, and bitter.’
      • ‘Congressional critics today lashed out at the administration for failing to deal with the massive trade deficit with China.’
      • ‘Her voice dripped with sarcasm as she verbally lashed out.’
      • ‘He minced no words in lashing out at critics who charge the administration manipulated pre-war intelligence to justify going to war.’
      • ‘Executives would issue denials, lash out at critics, and rush someone to the offending supplier's factory to put out the fire before it spread.’
      criticize, castigate, chastise, censure, attack, condemn, denounce, lambaste, harangue, rant at, rail at, haul over the coals, fulminate against, pillory, let fly
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  • 2British Spend money extravagantly:

    ‘I decided to lash out and treat myself’
    ‘let's lash out on a taxi’
    • ‘I try to get my budgets right, but sometimes I just lash out the money and worry about balancing the books at a future date.’
    • ‘The other thing you both know is that, no matter how much you lash out on clothes, you'll lash out more on delicatessen.’
    • ‘Neither might it have been so quick to lash out €750,000 in goodbye money if it thought it was going to be answerable to shareholders.’
    • ‘They are in no sense trying to blackmail parents into getting to the shops now to lash out large sums of money.’
    • ‘I guess I must have been about 12 or 13 when I started getting pocket money on a regular basis, I started lashing out on Marvel and DC Comics.’
    • ‘Anyway, if you're in Australia, find a vendor, have a chat and lash out on a three dollar copy of the Big Issue - because it rocks.’
    spend lavishly, be extravagant, pay out, spend a lot of money
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