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- To scold, reprimand or criticize harshly.
- Synonyms: berate, scold, tell off; see also Thesaurus:criticize
- The sergeant lambasted the new recruits daily.
- Her first novel was well and truly lambasted by the critics.
- 2013 January 19, Paul Harris, “Lance Armstrong faces multi-million dollar legal challenges after confession”, in The Guardian:
- Indeed, part of the problem was that Armstrong was rowing back on so much previous behaviour and years of aggressive lambasting of reporters, officials and team-mates who had claimed he was doping. "I don't forgive Lance Armstrong, who lied to me in two interviews. And I suspect most of America won't, either," Kurtz wrote.
- (dated in UK English but not US English) To give a thrashing to; to beat severely.
to scold or verbally reprimand
to give a thrashing to