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whale on

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whale into

verb phrase

To attack vigorously: He'd barely met me when he whaled into me for not answering his letter/ Instead of whaling on the ball, Agassi should hit low, dipping topspin returns (1790+)


whale on

verb phrase
  1. To perform extremely well
  2. To criticize severely; denigrate; clobber: and he just wailed on a chunk of code Michael had written (1980s+ Students)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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