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Verb: lambast  lam'beyst or lam'bast or 'lam,beyst
  1. Beat with a cane
    - cane, flog, lambaste
  2. Censure severely or angrily
    "The deputy lambasted the Prime Minister";
    - call on the carpet [US], take to task, rebuke, rag, trounce, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out [N. Amer], chew up [N. Amer], have words, lambaste, ream [N. Amer]

Derived forms: lambasts, lambasting

Type of: beat, beat up, criticise [Brit], criticize, damn, knock, pick apart, work over