English [ edit ]
( light into third-person singular simple present , lights into present participle , lighting to simple past and past participle ) lit into
( transitive ) To attack physically.
1885, Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn, ch. 22:
lit into that horse with his whip.
1935, " U.S. Judge and Wife Killed by Bandits," Montreal Gazette, 25 Apr. (retrieved 16 Jan. 2010):
"Father grabbed the two guns and told me to
light into the other man. I jumped on him and started choking him."
( transitive ) To attack verbally; scold.
1915, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of the Island, ch. 11:
lit into everybody else in the church and gave them a fearful raking down, calling them right out by name and telling them how they all had behaved, and casting up all the quarrels and scandals of the past ten years.
2003, Diane Roberts, " Graham would make Florida proud," St. Petersburg Times, 13 Jan. (retrieved 16 Jan. 2010):
He speaks with more passion than ever,
lighting into George W. Bush for fumbling the economy.
Synonyms [ edit ]
( attack physically ) : , assail , assault , lace into , lam into , rip into tear into
( attack verbally ) : , criticize , dress down , excoriate , lace into , lam into , rebuke , reprimand , rip into tear into See also