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or lam·bast

[lam-beyst, -bast]
verb (used with object), lam·bast·ed, lam·bast·ing. Informal.
  1. to beat or whip severely.
  2. to reprimand or berate harshly; censure; excoriate.
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Origin of lambaste

1630–40; apparently lam1 + baste3
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Examples from the Web for lambast

Historical Examples

  • He got him down and started to lambast the Judas out of him.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • I only gave him his riding-orders to—to lambast you on general principles for not producing work that will last.

British Dictionary definitions for lambast


lambaste (læmˈbeɪst)

verb (tr)
  1. to beat or whip severely
  2. to reprimand or scold
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Word Origin

C17: perhaps from lam 1 + baste ³
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Word Origin and History for lambast



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.

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