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English definition of “lay into sb”

lay into sb

informal
verb uk phrasal verb with lay   /leɪ/ (laid) us  
to attack someone physically, or to criticize someone in an angry way: In the middle of the meeting she suddenly laid into him for no apparent reason.
(Definition of lay into sb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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