lambaste

or lam·bast

[lam-beyst, -bast]
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verb (used with object), lam·bast·ed, lam·bast·ing. Informal.

to beat or whip severely.
to reprimand or berate harshly; censure; excoriate.

Nearby words

  1. lamb, charles,
  2. lamb, william,
  3. lambada,
  4. lambaréné,
  5. lambast,
  6. lambda,
  7. lambda calculus,
  8. lambda particle,
  9. lambda point,
  10. lambda-b baryon

Origin of lambaste

1630–40; apparently lam1 + baste3

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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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