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 .
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How to use belabor in a sentence
At the risk of belaboring the obvious, the quarterback position matters in the NFL.The Colts Hired Jeff Saturday As Head Coach. We Have Questions. | Josh Hermsmeyer | November 10, 2022 | FiveThirtyEight
There is an easy seductiveness to stories that cast a technology as brand-new, or at the very least that don’t belabor long, complicated histories.
Indeed, author Steven Rowley offers the perfect mix of snorts and sobs here, snarky fun one minute and pathos the next but neither emotion is belabored or forced.
You know where this is going, of course, and I won’t belabor it.Gene Weingarten: Confessions of a compassionate hit man | Gene Weingarten | February 25, 2021 | Washington Post
Admittedly belaboring the point, that chain — cases to hospitalizations to deaths — is not only intuitively obvious but also predictable.The pandemic’s death toll is a tsunami anyone could see coming — if they looked | Philip Bump | December 3, 2020 | Washington Post
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 | Noah Caldwell | September 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And she chose the dinner party where he was the guest to belabor him with this abuse.
And finally, not to belabor it, there was the Palin nomination.
He threw his right arm upward as if to escape a blow, but the old dame did not belabor him.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
An old woman, standing by our camp, continued to belabor a good-looking young man for hours with her tongue.Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa | David Livingstone
The northerners strike the back of the rim with their sticks, while the Yukon people belabor the face of the drum.The Dance Festivals of the Alaskan Eskimo | Ernest William Hawkes
Presently, when the couch was a wreck and Bob had Frank over his knees and was preparing to belabor him, Jack interfered.The Radio Boys with the Revenue Guards | Gerald Breckenridge
An old man stood up and began to belabor the frightened animal.The Rainy Day Railroad War | Holman Day