lambaste

or lam·bast

[ lam-beyst, -bast ]
/ læmˈbeɪst, -ˈbæst /

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
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Word Origin and History for lambaste

lambaste


v.

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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