lambaste

or lam·bast

[ lam-beyst, -bast ]
/ læmˈbeɪst, -ˈbæst /

verb (used with object), lam·bast·ed, lam·bast·ing. Informal.

to beat or whip severely.
to reprimand or berate harshly; censure; excoriate.

Origin of lambaste

1630–40; apparently lam1 + baste3
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lambast

lambaste (læmˈbeɪst)

/ (læmˈbæst) /

verb (tr)

to beat or whip severely
to reprimand or scold

Word Origin for lambast

C17: perhaps from lam 1 + baste ³
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