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lambaste

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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Examples from the Web for lambasted

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  • You just laid for that one, and lambasted it out where the buttercups and daisies grow.

    Batting to Win

    Lester Chadwick

  • I took 'em on one at a time as they happened along, and lambasted 'em all over the place.

    The Prodigal Judge

    Vaughan Kester

  • Accordingly we encouraged and urged, tugged and lambasted, with a right good will, but all to no effect.

  • I have added to my unpopularity by the manner in which I lambasted the repressionist element in the campaign just closed.

    The Hindered Hand

    Sutton E. Griggs

  • To be lambasted with a dried codfish was such an unheard-of thing that Rilla could not face it.

    Rainbow Valley

    Lucy Maud Montgomery


Word Origin and History for lambasted

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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