- 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 browbeat
But if he comes to Israel to save it from itself or to browbeat its governing coalition, he is sure to return empty handed.Barack Obama’s Cairo Speech, and His Israel Problem
February 25, 2013
She says the group "browbeat" Komen into reversing its decision, sparking a media storm that led Handel and many others to resign.Ex-Komen Official Karen Handel Attacks Planned Parenthood 'Thugs' in New Book
September 5, 2012
The answer is not to browbeat the parties to scurry to the negotiating table.Fire the Mideast Policy Team!
Leslie H. Gelb
July 7, 2010
After parents and friends “browbeat” them about where to apply, what really influenced their decision about where to go?How Kids Really Choose a School
June 26, 2009
Can he courteously talk to an equal, and browbeat an impudent dunce?Farm Ballads
Still, he said, it was a mistake for a man to allow events to browbeat him.Dwellers in the Hills
Melville Davisson Post
I have to browbeat, bribe, blackmail and bulldoze you thugs into doing a simple job.The Repairman
I'm not here to browbeat you, Mr. Worthington, or lie to you.The White Desert
Courtney Ryley Cooper
Wolsey had raised a storm in 1523 by trying to browbeat the House of Commons.Henry VIII.
A. F. Pollard
- (tr) to discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
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Word Origin and History for browbeat
[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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