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lambaste

[lam-beyst, -bast] /læmˈbeɪst, -ˈbæst/
verb (used with object), lambasted, lambasting. Informal.
1.
to beat or whip severely.
2.
to reprimand or berate harshly; censure; excoriate.
Also, lambast.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; apparently lam1 + baste3
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Examples for lambast
  • Health experts regularly lambast them for peddling food that makes people fat.
  • He owns television stations and newspapers that trumpet his causes and lambast his rivals.
British Dictionary definitions for lambast

lambast

/læmˈbæst/
verb (transitive)
1.
to beat or whip severely
2.
to reprimand or scold
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from lam1 + baste³
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Word Origin and History for lambast
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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Slang definitions & phrases for lambast

lambaste

verb
  1. To hit very hard; thrash; clobber: They lambasted the suspect mercilessly
  2. To disparage strongly; castigate: A woman psychologist today lambasted the idea that ''mom is to blame''

[1637+; ultimately fr British lam and baste, both ''beat'']


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