EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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.
, especially British be·la·bour. Origin of belabor
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Examples from the Web for belabour Historical Examples of belabour
When they want to
belabour anybody they lay on at the agent, Henslowe.
Have you any particular spite at my door, that you
belabour it in that style?
Jumping to her feet, she commenced to
belabour Mahooley's back with her fists.
His only reply was to
belabour the miserable victim with a thick stick.
It is exhausting to
belabour a thick-skinned and obstinate animal with a stick. British Dictionary definitions for belabour verb (tr) to beat severely; thrash to attack verbally; criticize harshly
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Word Origin and History for belabour v.
chiefly British English spelling of
belabor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or. v.
1590s, "to exert one's strength upon," from
be- + labor (v.). But figurative sense of "assail with words" is attested somewhat earlier (1590s); and belabored is attested from mid-15c. with a sense of "tilled, cultivated."
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