- to explain, worry about, or work at (something) repeatedly or more than is necessary: He kept belaboring the point long after we had agreed.
- to assail persistently, as with scorn or ridicule: a book that belabors the provincialism of his contemporaries.
- to beat vigorously; ply with heavy blows.
- Obsolete. to labor at.
Also especially British, be·la·bour.
Origin of belabor
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Examples from the Web for belabor
To belabor the comparison a bit, the same could be said for the American Dream.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality
September 18, 2014
And she chose the dinner party where he was the guest to belabor him with this abuse.Rediscovering Richard Dawkins: An Interview
September 23, 2013
And finally, not to belabor it, there was the Palin nomination.Sorry, Dad, I'm Voting for Obama
October 10, 2008
But our newspaper critic will belabor that author soundly for us!Brother Jacques (Novels of Paul de Kock, Volume XVII)
Charles Paul de Kock
And picking up a pillow he started to belabor his chum with it.The Radio Boys on Secret Service Duty
When a minister is in power, they cheer him to the echo; when he is down, they belabor him.His Excellency the Minister
When they want to belabor anybody they lay on at the agent, Henslowe.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Roger had already laid aside his gun, and picking up a long stick, he commenced to belabor some of the coiled snakes.The Pioneer Boys of the Columbia
Word Origin and History for belabor
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