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English definition of “lay into someone”

lay into someone

(past tense and past participle laid  /leɪd/) infml phrasal verb with lay    /leɪ/ verb (past tense and past participle laid  /leɪd/)
to attack someone physically or with words: The critics laid into her for a weak and lackluster performance.
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