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Examples of lambaste in a Sentence
The coach lambasted the team for its poor play.
They wrote several letters lambasting the new law.
Recent Examples of lambaste from the Web
To lambaste Zuckerberg at these hearings is a necessary precondition for the development of robust policy, an important moment in the reordering of political economy—power brought to bear against power.
Critics took to social media to lambaste DeVos — a Michigan billionaire who never attended or sent her children to a public school — for stumbling over some of her answers about basic education issues.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer holds a special news conference to lambaste the media for reporting that Trump’s inauguration drew a smaller attendance than Barack Obama’s eight years earlier.
Within moments of Trump's tweet, a number of her female Senate colleagues took to Twitter to lambaste the president.
Eminem offered a detailed and searing critique of President Trump on Tuesday, using his rapping skills to lambaste the commander-in-chief and his policies during a performance broadcast as part of the BET Hip Hop Awards.
Yet Trump, who has taken to Twitter to lambaste other Republican Senate leaders, has kept quiet about Corker, an ally who was once under consideration to be secretary of State.
So, yet again, the chaos in the White House left its natural allies scratching their heads—and handed Democrats another way to lambaste a President who seems intent on ad-libbing his was to policy, 140 characters at a time.
THE FOURTH ESTATE: -- Despite this week’s deluge of breaking news, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders spent time at yesterday’s White House briefing to lambaste the media in general and CNN in particular for its recent retraction.
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Did You Know?
The origins of lambaste are somewhat uncertain, but the word was most likely formed by combining the verbs lam and baste, both of which mean "to beat severely." (Incidentally, lambaste can also be spelled lambast, despite the modern spelling of the verb baste.) Some other synonyms of lambaste include pummel, thrash, and pound. Pummel suggests beating with one's fists ("the bully pummeled the smaller child until teachers intervened"). Pound also suggests heavy blows, though perhaps not quite so much as pummel, and may imply a continuous rain of blows ("she pounded on the door"). Thrash means to strike repeatedly and thoroughly as if with a whip ("the boxer thrashed his opponent").
bawl out, berate, call down, castigate, chastise, chew out, dress down, flay, hammer, jaw, keelhaul, lecture, rag, rail (at or against), rant (at), rate, ream (out), rebuke, reprimand, reproach, scold, score, tongue-lash, upbraid;
abuse, assail, attack, bad-mouth, blame, blast, censure, condemn, criticize, crucify, denounce, dis (also diss) [slang], excoriate, fault, harangue, knock, lace (into), lash, pan, reprehend, revile, scourge, slam, vituperate;
lay into, read the riot act (to), take to task;
LAMBASTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lambaste for English Language Learners
: to criticize (someone or something) very harshly
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