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or lam·bast

[lam-beyst, -bast]
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 lambasted

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

Examples from the Web for lambasted

Contemporary Examples of lambasted

Historical Examples of lambasted

  • 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



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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