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
  1. verb
    attack in speech or writing
    synonyms: 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
    type of:
    criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
    find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
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