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lambaste

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If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier that other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.
Charles De Montesquieu
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Etymology

First attested in 1637. Probably from lam + baste

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Verb

Infinitive
to lambaste

Third person singular
lambast

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to lambaste (third-person singular simple present lambast, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To scold, reprimand or criticize harshly.
    The sergeant lambasted the new recruits daily.
    Her first novel was well and truely lambasted by the critics.
  2. (dated) To give a thrashing to; to beat severely.

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