One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Attack violently with words or blows.‘three youths laid into him’
attack, assail, hit, strike, let fly at, tear into, lash out at, set about, set upon, fall on, turn on, assault, beat, thrash, pound, pummel, wallop, hammer, pounce on, round on, pelt, drubcriticize harshly, castigate, censure, lambaste, harangue, condemn, pillory, rant at, rave atView synonyms
- ‘He was astounded when the journalist unexpectedly exploded into violence, laying into a passer-by larking about for the camera.’
- ‘Our concern was for the five junior members of our party and whether a lack of laid-on amusements would lead to them laying into each other.’
- ‘They all surrounded him and started laying into him with sticks and that.’
- ‘She laid into the companies that pitched for funds on the programme, saying she had only gone on the show to promote her business.’
- ‘The former boxer was driving past the station in the High Road when he came across six teenagers laying into another youngster.’
- ‘I hear that the papers have been laying into it, saying what a pile of rubbish it was.’
- ‘He was very, very aggressive and really laying into my car.’
- ‘It shows a swaggering thug laying into a complete stranger.’
- ‘After seeing the error of their comrades, the three armed men advanced more cautiously towards Erik, attempting to surround him first before they laid into their attack.’
- ‘He lays into the Ulster Scots movement arguing that in over identifying with a Scottish rather than an Irish cultural idiom, they are reinforcing the otherness of Ulster Protestants.’
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