sail into
phrasal to attack vigorously or sharply <
sailed into me for being late
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • sail into — (something) to change to a new condition. The economy, for all its strengths, was sailing into trouble. Etymology: based on the idea of a ship sailing into a port, pushed by the wind …   New idioms dictionary

  • sail into — (somewhere) to enter a place quickly and confidently. He sailed into the press conference on Friday, grinning at the journalists …   New idioms dictionary

  • sail into — ATTACK, set upon, set about, fall on, assault, assail, lay into, pitch into, hit out at, thump, batter, pummel, beat, thrash, belabour; berate, abuse, round on; informal let someone have it; Brit. informal have a go at; N. Amer …   Useful english dictionary

  • sail into — (Roget s Thesaurus II) I verb To set upon with violent force: aggress, assail, assault, attack, beset, fall on (or upon), go at, have at, storm, strike. Informal: light into, pitch into. See ATTACK. II verb See sail …   English dictionary for students

  • sail into — Synonyms and related words: ambush, assail, assault, attack, blitz, bushwhack, collide, come at, come down on, crack down on, descend on, descend upon, dive into, draw first blood, enter on, enter upon, fall aboard, fall on, fall to, fall upon,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • sail into — {v.}, {informal} 1. To attack with great strength; begin hitting hard. * /George grabbed a stick and sailed into the dog./ Compare: LAY INTO, PITCH INTO. 2. To scold or criticize very hard. * /The coach really sailed into Bob for dropping the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • sail into — {v.}, {informal} 1. To attack with great strength; begin hitting hard. * /George grabbed a stick and sailed into the dog./ Compare: LAY INTO, PITCH INTO. 2. To scold or criticize very hard. * /The coach really sailed into Bob for dropping the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • sail\ into — v informal 1. To attack with great strength; begin hitting hard. George grabbed a stick and sailed into the dog. Compare: lay into, pitch into 2. To scold or criticize very hard. The coach really sailed into Bob for dropping the pass. Syn.: bawl… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • sail into — informal attack physically or verbally. → sail …   English new terms dictionary

  • sail into — scold or criticize very hard, attack As soon as I came in the door she sailed into me for being late …   Idioms and examples

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