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    lay into = scold vigorously

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track with my usage of the idiom “lay into” in the following sentence?

    “The teacher laid into me groundlessly when I had the nerve to expose him as a tutor who had proved unequal to the task in question.”

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 23-Jan-2009 at 15:03.

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    Re: lay into = scold vigorously

    “The teacher laid groundlessly into me when I had the nerve to expose him as a tutor who is proved unequal to the task in question.”
    Yes, you are right about the meaning, but I would rephrase it thus:

    “The teacher laid into me groundlessly, when I had the nerve to expose him as a tutor who had proved unequal to the task in question.”

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