lam baste

lambaste

[lam-beyst, -bast]
verb (used with object), lambasted, lambasting. Informal.
1.
to beat or whip severely.
2.
to reprimand or berate harshly; censure; excoriate.
Also, lambast.


Origin:
1630–40; apparently lam1 + baste3

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lambaste
1630s, from lam (1590s, ult. from O.N. lemja "to beat, to lame") + baste "to thrash" (see baste). Related: Lambasted; lambasting.
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