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rail at (one)
To criticize, upbraid, or berate one severely and bitterly, especially at length. Humiliated by his lowly position and poor treatment at work, Tom began railing at his family every evening when he got home. The boss started railing on Thomas in front of the whole office for messing up the Roberston accounts.
rail at someone (about something)
to complain loudly or violently to someone about something. Jane railed at the payroll clerk about not having received her check. I am not responsible for your problems. Don't rail at me!
To criticize someone or something in harsh, bitter, or abusive language: The workers railed at the new contract that cut medical benefits.