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English definition of “lay into sb”

lay into sb

informal phrasal verb with lay     /leɪ/ verb (laid)
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 .Physical and sexual assault and abductionSexual activity in generalChastising and rebuking
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