to intimidate by overbearing looks or words; bully: They browbeat him into agreeing.
- browbeater, noun
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How to use browbeat in a sentence
The dal recipe is my favorite because Priya browbeats me, saying, “I don’t want anything to do with this.”David Chang and Priya Krishna Want You to Get Over Recipes | Lucy Feldman | October 14, 2021 | Time
Getting in someone’s way on the skin track is a misdemeanor, while aggressively browbeating a fellow powder pilgrim in the wilderness is a straight-up felony.
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 | Marty Peretz | February 25, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Abigail Pesta | September 5, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The answer is not to browbeat the parties to scurry to the negotiating table.
After parents and friends “browbeat” them about where to apply, what really influenced their decision about where to go?
He sent the woman up to her room to pack while he expostulated with and browbeat the excited bridegroom in the carriage.Gallegher and Other Stories | Richard Harding Davis
He proceeded to harangue and even to browbeat the Mayor, who was a very insignificant person compared with Commodore Decatur.Twelve Naval Captains | Molly Elliot Seawell
Especially as you know perfectly well, and just want to browbeat me into telling lies.The Magic World | Edith Nesbit
I now think I was wrong; but I had a feeling that the principal intended to browbeat me into an acknowledgment.Breaking Away | Oliver Optic
I have seen young men browbeat their sisters, tease them, and be continually unkind.What a Young Woman Ought to Know | Mary Wood-Allen
British Dictionary definitions for browbeat
(tr) to discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
- browbeater, noun
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