- to beat or whip severely.
- to reprimand or berate harshly; censure; excoriate.
Origin of lambaste
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Examples from the Web for lambast
- to beat or whip severely
- to reprimand or scold
C17: perhaps from lam 1 + baste ³
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper