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

1630–40; apparently lam1 + baste3 Unabridged
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lambast or lambaste (læmˈbæst, læmˈbeɪst)
1.  to beat or whip severely
2.  to reprimand or scold
[C17: perhaps from lam1 + baste³]
lambaste or lambaste
[C17: perhaps from lam1 + baste³]

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Word Origin & History

1630s, from lam (1590s, ult. from O.N. lemja "to beat, to lame") + baste "to thrash" (see baste). Related: Lambasted; lambasting.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
It's a judgment that some no doubt will lambaste as arbitrary, even biased.
And where they often end up is in supermarket tabs, which lambaste stars for
  any perceived physical flaws.
And for those who lambaste globalization as a curse and threat, simmer down.
One is to lambaste those that don't see it as you do.
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