He got him down and started to lambast the Judas out of him.
I only gave him his riding-orders to—to lambast you on general principles for not producing work that will last.
1630s, from lam (1590s, ultimately from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse lemja "to beat, to lame") + baste "to thrash" (see baste). Related: Lambasted; lambasting.
[1637+; ultimately fr British lam and baste, both ''beat'']