1. to beat or strike; thus lambing/lamming n., a beating; lam out v., to lash out.
|Shoemaker’s Holiday V ii: Oh if they had stay’d, I would have so lamb’d them with flouts!|
|King and No King V iii: Lamm’d you shall be ere we leave you. You ashall be beaten sober.|
|Witch of Edmonton II i: That wrong’d thee: he lam’d thee, call’d thee Witch.|
|Celestina IX 111: They will not sticke to strip them and lamme them soundly, bestowing perhaps a 100 stripes .|
|Memoirs of Travels over England 306: I once saw the late Duke of Grafton at Fisticuffs in the open Street, with such a Fellow, whom he lambed most horribly.|
|Devil to Pay II i: Come to your Spinning, or else I’ll lamb you, you ne’er were so lamb’d since you were an Inch long.|
|New General Eng. Dict. (5th edn).|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Lamb, to lamb, [...] to beat.|
|Only Sure Guide 167: Lamm, v. to beat soundly.|
|‘George Barnwell Travestie’ in Rejected Addresses 121: I would pummel and lam her well.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue [as cit. 1785].|
|Glance at N.Y. II i: When them fellers come mussin’ round me, I’ll lam ’em.|
|Hillingdon Hall II 216: Mr. Jorrocks turned sideways in his saddle, and gave Dickey a good lamming in the ribs.|
|Mysteries and Miseries of N.Y. V 46: If I know’d who did this, I’d lam him – I’d lam him ’till he couldn’t say a prayer!|
|Spirit of the Times 26 Jan. (N.Y.) 581: While Ike was lammin’ the dogs, I hearn the allfiredest cracklin’ in the cane.‘Mike Hooter’s Bar Story’|
|Life in Victoria I 59: The row brought a mob of drunken men and women, all of whom [...] expressed their anxiety to adopt the host’s quarrel, and ‘lamb us’.|
|Down in Tennessee 99: I’ll lamm ye till yer whiter nur Squire Robins’ old mar.|
|Hans Breitmann in Europe 275: De briest vere so astonish, / To see him lam de man, / Dat dey shvore a holy miracle / Vas vork by Breitemann.‘Breitsmann in Italy’|
|Living London (1883) Nov. 514: There was a little old lady [...] shrilly expressing her belief that I was ‘one of them Jesuits,’ and openly declaring her desire to ‘lam’ me.in|
|Anglia VII 274: To gib or give er lammin’ = to chastise.‘Negro English’ in|
|Hooligan Nights 73: If he sees me comin’ in at the front ’e’d lam me somefink cruel.|
|‘Joe Wilson’s Courtship’ in Roderick (1972) 550: If yer don’t shake hands with Wilson I’ll lamb yer!|
|Vanguard Library 31 Mar. 7: Don’t forget how I came to your assistance when Scales was lamming you!|
|Sinister Street I 98: Pearson and me are going to jolly well lam him.|
|Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 172: Why couldn’t you say there was something wrong with you instead of lamming out like a lunatic?‘Regulus’|
|Human Side of Crook and Convict Life 22: Don’t let ’em see yer gives a blow, or they’ll lam it on yer!|
|Action Stories Aug. [Internet] That lammin’ they gimme in Grizzly Claw has plumb addled my brains.‘Scalp Hunter’ in|
|Child of Norman’s End (1967) 85: They would lure him to a quiet place and there give him a lambing.|
|Nine Tailors (1984) 122: Supposing he found the emeralds all right and somebody lammed him on the head and took them off him.|
|Lay My Burden Down 30: The way that gal lam me across the head was a caution!|
|Scholarly Mouse and other Tales 67: [He] was still lamming his bar home.|
|Nil Carborundum (1963) Act I: Howd they peace, Margit, else I s’all lam thee.|
|Confessions of Proinsias O’Toole 106: Isn’t that what I was trying to tell you when he lammed me!|
2. (US) to defeat in a fight or sporting contest.
|letter q. in Wiley Life of Billy Yank (1952) 170: [of baseball] We get lamed badly.|
|Innocents at Home 22: He could lam any galoot of his inches in America.|
3. (Aus.) to swindle.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 6 Sept. 17/3: The quiet-looking bushman, who had meanwhile been painting the town red, was arrested, and on him was found £600 of the money. He had been ‘lambed’ to the tune of £300.|
4. to throw, to toss, to smash against.
|Coll. Short Stories (1941) 268: Doyle catches one just right and lams it against the fence.‘Horseshoes’ in|
|(con. 1910s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 130: Kenny lammed a bottle of milk against the wall.Young Lonigan in|
|Call It Sleep (1977) 421: De foist t’ing I know somebody lams a broom out of a winder.|
|Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1986) 24: And so he were l-lamming his fist against this here brick w-w-w-all.|
5. in fig. use, to do perfunctorily, fast.
|Babbitt (1974) 130: I finished it last evening! Just lammed it out.|
to beat, to thrash.
|Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.|
1. to beat up.
|Nation 26 284/1: He had ‘to go light on Fairchild’ and ‘lam it into Hayes’.|
|Vice Versa (1931) 70: Let him undress now, and we can lam it into him afterwards with slippers.|
|Lonely Plough (1931) 207: Hoofy just gets his hair blazing and lams into you and yells for help.|
|(con. 1835–40) Bold Bendigo 185: Lam into him, Bendy.|
|Lore and Lang. of Schoolchildren (1977) 216: Go on, lam into him.|
2. to do something aggressively, wholeheartedly.
|‘’Arry on Wheels’ in Punch 7 May 217/1: I’ve took to the bicycle, yus [...] / You should see me lam into it, Charlie, along a smooth bit o’ straight road.|
3. to attack verbally.
|Psychotic Reactions (1988) 137: I suspected the facile flash of the superficial, generalized savant. so I lammed into him.in|
|Honourable Schoolboy 254: Didn’t stop Drake lamming into him, all the same.|