- 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 browbeater
And only think of Browbeater succeeding such an office, as excellent, respected, and admirable Tom Silver left behind him!Valentine M'Clutchy, The Irish Agent
- (tr) to discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
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Word Origin and History for browbeater
[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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