lay into

[lay into] or [light into] {v.}, {informal} 1. To attackphysically; go at vigorously.

The two fighters laid into each otheras soon as the bell rang.

John loves Italian food and he reallylaid into the spaghetti.

Syn.: PITCH INTO, SAIL INTO. 2. {slang} Toattack with words.

The senator laid into the opponents of hisbill.

Syn.: LACE INTO, RIP INTO. Compare: BAWL OUT, TELL OFF.