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[lam-beyst, -bast] /læmˈbeɪst, -ˈbæst/
verb (used with object), lambasted, lambasting. Informal.
to beat or whip severely.
to reprimand or berate harshly; censure; excoriate.
Origin of lambaste
1630-40; apparently lam1 + baste3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You just laid for that one, and lambasted it out where the buttercups and daisies grow.

    Batting to Win Lester Chadwick
  • I took 'em on one at a time as they happened along, and lambasted 'em all over the place.

    The Prodigal Judge Vaughan Kester
  • Accordingly we encouraged and urged, tugged and lambasted, with a right good will, but all to no effect.

  • I have added to my unpopularity by the manner in which I lambasted the repressionist element in the campaign just closed.

    The Hindered Hand Sutton E. Griggs
  • To be lambasted with a dried codfish was such an unheard-of thing that Rilla could not face it.

    Rainbow Valley Lucy Maud Montgomery
Word Origin and History for lambasted



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for lambasted



  1. To hit very hard; thrash; clobber: They lambasted the suspect mercilessly
  2. To disparage strongly; castigate: A woman psychologist today lambasted the idea that ''mom is to blame''

[1637+; ultimately fr British lam and baste, both ''beat'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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