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lambaste

verb lam·baste \(ˌ)lam-ˈbāst, -ˈbast; ˈlam-ˌ\

Simple Definition of lambaste

  • : to criticize (someone or something) very harshly

Full Definition of lambaste

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to assault violently :  beat, whip

  3. 2 :  to attack verbally :  censure <critics lambasted his performance>

Examples of lambaste

  1. The coach lambasted the team for its poor play.

  2. They wrote several letters lambasting the new law.



Variants of lambaste

or lam·bast play \(ˌ)lam-ˈbāst, -ˈbast; ˈlam-ˌ\

Origin of lambaste

probably from 1lam + baste


First Known Use: 1620



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