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baste1

Syllabification: baste
Pronunciation: /bāst
 
/

verb

[with object]
Pour juices or melted fat over (meat) during cooking in order to keep it moist.
Example sentences
  • Always heat your marinades before basting meat or poultry.
  • Mop sauce gets its name from a utensil similar to a small string mop that the chuck wagon cook would use to baste meats, literally mopping on the sauce while cooking.
  • You want to look for a brisket with the most fat, because it protects and bastes the meat naturally.

Origin

late 15th century: of unknown origin.

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  • lambaste from (mid 17th century):

    The early sense recorded for lambaste was ‘beat, thrash’: it comes from late 16th-century lam meaning ‘beat soundly’ and mid 16th-century baste meaning ‘thrash’, both probably of Scandinavian origin. The sense ‘criticize harshly’ dates from the late 19th century. The US expression on the lam ‘in flight’ developed from lam in the late 19th century.

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baste2

Syllabification: baste
Pronunciation: /bāst
 
/

verb

[with object] Needlework
Tack with long, loose stitches in preparation for sewing.
Example sentences
  • Turn the lining inside out to enclose seams and baste the lining loose edges to the suit front at the leg openings, neckline and armholes.
  • The ribs have a tendency to slip, so pin or baste well prior to stitching the seams.
  • Substitute basting tape or basting-adhesive glue stick for basting stitches whenever practical, even for holding zippers in place.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French bastir 'sew lightly', ultimately of Germanic origin and related to bast.

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  • lambaste from (mid 17th century):

    The early sense recorded for lambaste was ‘beat, thrash’: it comes from late 16th-century lam meaning ‘beat soundly’ and mid 16th-century baste meaning ‘thrash’, both probably of Scandinavian origin. The sense ‘criticize harshly’ dates from the late 19th century. The US expression on the lam ‘in flight’ developed from lam in the late 19th century.

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baste3

Syllabification: baste
Pronunciation: /bāst
 
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verb

[with object] informal dated
Beat (someone) soundly; thrash: go baste him one!
More example sentences
  • If she had had an umbrella she would have basted him over the head with it.
  • They basted him for his labour, kept him prisoner.
  • He was more mortified at that, than the feeling of the pain and he did not moan no matter how hard they basted him.

Origin

mid 16th century: perhaps a figurative use of baste1.

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  • lambaste from (mid 17th century):

    The early sense recorded for lambaste was ‘beat, thrash’: it comes from late 16th-century lam meaning ‘beat soundly’ and mid 16th-century baste meaning ‘thrash’, both probably of Scandinavian origin. The sense ‘criticize harshly’ dates from the late 19th century. The US expression on the lam ‘in flight’ developed from lam in the late 19th century.

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