belabor

[ bih-ley-ber ]
/ bɪˈleɪ bər /
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verb (used with object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. bel geddes, norman,
  2. bel paese,
  3. bel-esprit,
  4. bel.,
  5. bela,
  6. belabor the point,
  7. belabour,
  8. belafonte,
  9. belah,
  10. belarus

Also especially British, be·la·bour.

Origin of belabor

First recorded in 1590–1600; be- + labor

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British Dictionary definitions for belabour

belabour

US belabor

/ (bɪˈleɪbə) /

verb (tr)

to beat severely; thrash
to attack verbally; criticize harshly
an obsolete word for labour
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