sail into someone

sail into (one)

To berate, upbraid, or chastise someone; to verbally attack someone. The boss really sailed into me about losing that account! The teacher, at her wits' end, sailed into the student when he made the rude noise.
See also: sail

sail into someone

and light into someone
in. to beat or scold someone. Jimmy’s mother really sailed into him for breaking the window. The boss lit into his secretary for losing the contract.
See also: sail