from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Informal To give a thrashing to; beat. See Synonyms at beat.
- transitive v. Informal To scold sharply; berate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To scold, reprimand or criticize harshly.
- v. To give a thrashing to; to beat severely.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To beat severely
- transitive v. to scold, reprimand, or berate harshly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To beat severely; thrash; in sailors' use, to beat with a rope's end.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. beat with a cane
- v. censure severely or angrily
Perhaps lam1 + baste3.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in 1637. Probably lam (“beat”) + baste (“beat”) (Wiktionary)