LAMBAST – to beat someone up with a cane
Charles Sumner was lambasted on the senate floor, if you don’t recall. He was not just lambasted with any old cane – it had a gold head. I really could write a lot about canes. They are the ultimate prop – classy, elderly, and a piece of weaponry, if need be. In this engraving, it looks like poor Mr. Sumner has a swastika scar on his forehead from the lambasting.