- 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 belabour
When they want to belabour anybody they lay on at the agent, Henslowe.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Have you any particular spite at my door, that you belabour it in that style?Macaria
Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
Jumping to her feet, she commenced to belabour Mahooley's back with her fists.The Huntress
His only reply was to belabour the miserable victim with a thick stick.Great African Travellers
It is exhausting to belabour a thick-skinned and obstinate animal with a stick.Blue Lights
- to beat severely; thrash
- to attack verbally; criticize harshly
- an obsolete word for labour
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Word Origin and History for belabour
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