be/come down on somebody like a ton of bricks

be/come down on somebody like a ton of ˈbricks

(informal) criticize somebody angrily because they have done something wrong: The first time I made a mistake, he came down on me like a ton of bricks.If I find anyone drunk in this factory I’ll be down on them like a ton of bricks.
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