- to intimidate by overbearing looks or words; bully: They browbeat him into agreeing.
Origin of browbeat
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cow, badger, tyrannize, harass, coerce.
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Examples from the Web for browbeaten
Allowing himself to be browbeaten by the likes of Bill Kristol will not further that agenda.Please Ignore Kristol's Desire To Bomb Iran
Emily L. Hauser
December 25, 2012
Nor should the poorer countries be browbeaten into bailing out the rich ones.Obama and Felipe Calderón Blow Chance to Talk Substance at G-20
John M. Ackerman
June 21, 2012
Let us, therefore, not be browbeaten by civilization on account of its antiquity.Is civilization a disease?
He had learned that the students would not be browbeaten or bullied.Breaking Away
From that time forth it was recognized that he was not the sort of man to be browbeaten.Stories of Authors, British and American
Edwin Watts Chubb
He was not one to be browbeaten or cheated, and he resolved to fight out the battle.Tom, The Bootblack
She was a haughty old dame, but she was browbeaten by her maid.Mistress Anne
- (tr) to discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
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Word Origin and History for browbeaten
[I]t appears from the earliest quotations ... that the brow in question was that of the beater, not of the beaten party; but it is not evident whether the meaning was 'to beat with one's (frowning) brows,' or 'to beat (?lower) one's brows at.' [OED]
Related: Browbeaten; browbeating.
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