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English definition of “lash out”

lash out

phrasal verb with lash     /læʃ/ verb
to suddenly attack someone or something physically or criticize him, her, or it in an angry way: I was only teasing him and suddenly he lashed out (at me) and hit me in the face . Why's Tina in such a bad mood ? She really lashed out at me when I was late for work .Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputationPhysical and sexual assault and abductionSexual activity in general
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