Lambaste
yummy mummy
Origin please. If part of the meaning relates to the previous 2 topics ("on the lam"), just give me info that is additional to that.
Lewis Joplin II
lambaste - v. 1637, probably formed from English "lam" (1589, in "lamback"); probably borrowed from a Scandinavian source (compare Icelandic "lama" bruise, and Old Icelandic "lemja" to beat, lame) + "baste" to thrash.

From "The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology" by Robert K. Barnhart (HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 1995).

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