lash out

When you lash out at someone, you express your anger by saying or writing furious words about them. A writer whose book has been harshly criticized might lash out at the critic.

A politician might lash out at her opponent in a speech, and a journalist might lash out at polluting companies by writing an opinion piece for a newspaper. You can also lash out in a physical way, by kicking or hitting someone in anger — this is the phrase's original meaning, from the verb lash, "to whip."

Definitions of lash out

v attack in speech or writing

assail, assault, attack, round, snipe
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abuse, blackguard, clapperclaw, shout
use foul or abusive language towards
attack as if with claws
subject to bitter verbal abuse
criticize or abuse strongly and violently
attack forcefully
barrage, bombard
address with continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage
blister, scald, whip
subject to harsh criticism
attack strongly
abuse with coarse language
rail, revile, vilify, vituperate
spread negative information about
heap obscenities upon
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criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

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