rail against (someone or something)

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rail against (someone or something)

To protest, criticize, or complain angrily about someone or something. I spent a lot of my teenage years railing against my parents, but looking back, I gave them way more grief than they deserved. Employees has formed a picket line outside of the company as they rail against proposed cuts to their pay and pension schemes.
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rail against someone or something

to complain vehemently about someone or something. Why are you railing against me? What did I do? Leonard is railing against the tax increase again.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

rail against

v.
To protest something vehemently, especially using strong language: The students railed against the change to a longer school year.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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doesn't match up to our He rails against a world that doesn't match up to our expectations and contemplates the true nature of happiness.
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"A Church which rails against abortion and then spends decades covering up the most appalling degree of child abuse obviously has no problem with holding two opposing ideas at once" - Commentator Julie Burchill on the Roman Catholic Church.
The letter also rants about, "New Labour's disregard for human/civil rights" and rails against the "surveillance society" which "rightly has people complaining they can't safely walk the streets".
They don't make impostors like John Wayne anymore." On "Blinded by Darkness" Burnett, who has never made a secret of his Christian faith, rails against the Religious Right.
Dear Editor, - Diane Benussi, in ( Post, April 7) rails against euphemisms and calls for straightforward language.
Goldberg rails against network executives and reporters who blur the lines between journalism and "infotainment," filling news shows with "fluff" about the Friends" finale or the sex life of Britney Spears.
"He's wrong 100 percent of the time," Strathairn's Murrow rails against McCarthy during the movie, adding later: "Anyone who criticizes or opposes the methods of Senator Joseph McCarthy is a Communist or fellow traveler." Thankfully, according to the movie, Edward R.
The most fully realized performance comes from veteran actor Brain Dennehy, who plays Father Dominic George "Spags" Spagnolia, a self-effacing social reformer who rails against the church's inaction--until he is himself accused.
As one might expect from his previous works, Kunzle's interpretations are personal as well as polemical, and in the preface he rails against "a worrying tendency which jibes with what may be a resurgent conservatism in art history generally ...
Noonan rails against this devolution of power from Congress and toward the states (called, ironically, "federalism"), and the tactics that the five-member majority on the Supreme Court have employed to produce it.
Sure, he rails against currency speculators such as George Soros, and tirelessly tirades against the corrupt Western system.
Most of all, Dyson rails against conservative writers who use King's speeches to rebuke advocates of race-conscious policies, especially affirmative action.
We hear much about the "grey sameness of the bowels of the institution," the "teachers and trainers who work so hard to instill a professionalism that prizes correctness over authenticity and originality," and the comparative wonders of "rules-breaking, non-conformity, experimentation, and innovation." The author rails against standard modern bugbears like genetically engineered fruit and overproduced music and uses standard metaphors for corporate life, like paint-by-numbers and mask-wearing.
While Clinton rails against the ugliness of "heroin chic," and critics rant on about the fashion world's refusal to accept responsibility for either drug abuse among its own or for those it influences, the truth underlying such images is more profound.