- to beat or whip severely.
- to reprimand or berate harshly; censure; excoriate.
Origin of lambaste
Related Words for lambasteexcoriate, scold, berate, upbraid, castigate, assail, trim, pound, pummel, smother, slap, slam, rebuke, hammer, whip, pelt, cudgel, bludgeon, attack, slash
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Contemporary Examples of lambaste
Indisputably Obama, I think, though of course, he will go on the stump and lambaste Republicans for holding out on tax cuts.Who Wins a Fiscal Cliff Showdown?
October 18, 2012
He predicted, correctly, that The New York Times would jump all over the ad and lambaste McCain.The Newsweek Campaign Piece
The Daily Beast
November 10, 2008
Historical Examples of lambaste
You say a word, Codfish, and I'll lambaste the life out of you!The Rover Boys on a Hunt
Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
Now, ef you want me to lambaste ye, I'm the man to do it, an' do it hahnsome.
Ef I catches him in my o'cha'd ag'in, I'll lambaste him good.The Cat in Grandfather's House
Carl Henry Grabo
Say, Mr. Peel, if you ever have occasion to lambaste Watski again, just call to me.The Iron Boys in the Steel Mills
James R. Mears
Jake, who's been itching to lambaste the man, says 's-far's he can see, it was the poolroom man who did all the talking.Green Valley
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.