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Verb lambaste has 2 senses
- cane, flog, lambaste, lambast - beat with a cane
--1 is one way to beat, beat up, work over
They want to lambaste the prisoners
- call on the carpet, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast - censure severely or angrily; "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"
--2 is one way to knock, criticize, criticise, pick apart
Sam cannot lambaste Sue