or lambast transitive verb Etymology: probably from 1lam + baste Date: 1620 1. to assault violently ; beat, whip 2. to attack verbally ; censure <
critics lambasted his performance

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  • Lambaste — Lam*baste , v. t. [Lam + baste to beat.] To beat severely; specifically, to beat with a cane. [Low] Nares. Syn: cane, flog, lambaste. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] 2. to scold, reprimand, or berate harshly. Syn: rebuke, rag, reproof, reprimand,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lambaste — index beat (strike) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • lambaste — (v.) 1630s, from lam (1590s, ultimately from a Scandinavian source, Cf. O.N. lemja to beat, to lame ) + baste to thrash (see BASTE (Cf. baste)). Related: Lambasted; lambasting …   Etymology dictionary

  • lambaste — [v] punish, beat assail, attack, berate, blister, bludgeon, castigate, censure, criticize, cudgel, denounce, excoriate, flay, flog, hammer, hit, lash into*, pan, pelt, pound, pummel, rake over the coals*, read the riot act*, rebuke, reprimand,… …   New thesaurus

  • lambaste — (also lambast) ► VERB ▪ criticize harshly. DERIVATIVES lambasting noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «beat»: from LAM(Cf. ↑lam) + dated baste, also meaning «beat» …   English terms dictionary

  • lambaste — [lam bāst′, lambast′] vt. lambasted, lambasting [ LAM1 + BASTE3] Informal 1. to beat soundly; thrash 2. to scold or denounce severely: Also sp. lambast …   English World dictionary

  • lambaste — /lam bayst , bast /, v.t., lambasted, lambasting. Informal. 1. to beat or whip severely. 2. to reprimand or berate harshly; censure; excoriate. Also, lambast. [1630 40; appar. LAM1 + BASTE3] * * * …   Universalium

  • lambaste — verb /læmˈbæst,læmˈbæst,læmˈbeɪst/ a) To scold, reprimand or criticize harshly. The sergeant lambasted the new recruits daily. b) To give a thrashing to; to beat severely. Her first novel was well and truly lambasted by the critics …   Wiktionary

  • lambaste — Synonyms and related words: admonish, attack, bang, baste, batter, bawl out, beat, beat all hollow, beat hollow, belabor, berate, best, birch, blister, bludgeon, buffet, call down, cane, castigate, censure, chew, chew ass, chew out, chide,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • lambaste — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. punish, thrash, whip; see beat 2 , hit 1 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. scold, berate, dress down, *rake over the coals, reprimand, castigate, cuss out, censure, rebuke, *chew out, *jump down one s throat. III (Roget s… …   English dictionary for students

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