Definition of lambaste in English:


Line breaks: lam|baste
Pronunciation: /lamˈbeɪst
(also lambast /-ˈbast/)


[with object]



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  • She then proceeded to give the pair a verbal lambasting, calling them good for nothing animals.
  • Mark Hughes likened Sir Alex Ferguson's nose-to-nose dressing downs after a defeat to a blast from a hairdryer, and the Scot's renowned lambasting was known to reduce even the most hardened professional to a nodding, whimpering wreck.
  • It was a more gritty match this week compared to the free-flowing football of last week and their co-manager, Mickey Lawson, admitted he had given one or two of his underperformers a lambasting at the interval.


mid 17th century (in the sense 'beat, thrash'): from lam1 + baste3. The current sense dates from the late 19th century.

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