or lam·bast

[lam-beyst, -bast]

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lambaste

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.

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    Who Wins a Fiscal Cliff Showdown?

    Megan McArdle

    October 18, 2012

  • He predicted, correctly, that The New York Times would jump all over the ad and lambaste McCain.

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    The Newsweek Campaign Piece

    The Daily Beast

    November 10, 2008

Historical Examples of lambaste

Word Origin and History for lambaste

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