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lash out (third-person singular simple present lashes out, present participle lashing out, simple past and past participle lashed out)
- To make a sudden violent attack.
- 2019 September 18, Drachinifel, Battle of Tsushima - When the 2nd Pacific Squadron thought it couldn't get any worse..., archived from the original on 4 December 2022, retrieved 22 December 2022, 25:58 from the start:
- Four Japanese torpedo boats launch an attack on the Suvorov. Despite burning steadily for several hours and now taking a torpedo to the stern, the ship still lashes out at its attackers with a few remaining guns. With no pressing need to continue the attack to closer range, the torpedo boats fall back, noting the position for a night attack if Suvorov survives that long.
- (figurative) To make a fierce verbal attack.
- The man lashed out at me when I asked if it was his own hair.
- (intransitive) To splash out (spend a lot of money)
To make a sudden violent attack
To make a fierce verbal attack