One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘their tyrannical father tore into all of his sons’
attack, assail, hit, strike, let fly at, lay into, lash out at, set about, set upon, fall on, turn on, assault, beat, thrash, pound, pummel, wallop, hammer, pounce on, round on, pelt, drub
rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove, admonish, remonstrate with, chastise, chide, upbraid, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the Riot Act, give someone a piece of one's mind, go on at, haul over the coals, criticize, censure
informal lace into, sail into, pitch into, let someone have it, get stuck into, paste, do over, knock about, knock around, rough up
British informal have a go at
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