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lambaste

or lam·bast

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

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

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Origin of lambaste

First recorded in 1630–40; apparently lam1 + baste3
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