AskDefine | Define lambaste

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1 beat with a cane [syn: cane, flog, lambast]
2 censure severely or angrily; "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup" [syn: call on the carpet, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambast]

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First attested in 1637. Probably from lam + baste


  • italbrac RP /læmˈbæst/
  • italbrac US /læmˈbæst/ or /læmˈbeɪst/
  • Rhymes with: -æst


  1. To give a thrashing to; to beat severely.
  2. To scold or verbally reprimand.
    The sergeant lambasted the new recruits daily.


to give a thrashing to
to scold or verbally reprimand


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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