One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Make a sudden verbal attack on or unexpected retort to.‘she rounded on me angrily’
snap at, attack, turn on, set upon, weigh into, fly at, let fly at, lash out at, hit out at, lambasteView synonyms
- ‘He kicked-started the campaign by rounding on opponents of the single currency.’
- ‘‘You're not even supposed to be driving,’ she snapped, rounding on him.’
- ‘The guilty will defend by rounding on the accuser, and for that reason I expect to be chastised for the audacity to doubt their value, although some do good work.’
- ‘Instead, he preferred to highlight the positive aspects of the game, often rounding on criticism of the domestic game that appeared in print.’
- ‘I was dismayed to hear the bishops rounding on the First Minister last week for speaking in support of the idea.’
- ‘My mother once rounded on me for saying something would be ‘such a bore’.’
- ‘At the meeting other councillor rounded on dog owners for not being responsible and discussed the matter of faeces.’
- ‘In any case, the government's reaction - hysterically rounding on the Opposition - seems inexplicable.’
- ‘Mr. Archer offered to explain, but Anthony rounded on him and declared in a sudden outburst that he would say it himself.’
- ‘Stevens said he had been drinking and saw someone push or punch his then girlfriend and when he saw her rounding on Mr Owen he joined in.’
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