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or lam·bast

[lam-beyst, -bast]
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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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Related Words for lambaste

excoriate, scold, berate, upbraid, castigate, assail, trim, pound, pummel, smother, slap, slam, rebuke, hammer, whip, pelt, cudgel, bludgeon, attack, slash

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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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