[ brou-beet ]
/ ˈbraʊˌbit /
verb (used with object), brow·beat, brow·beat·en, brow·beat·ing.
to intimidate by overbearing looks or words; bully: They browbeat him into agreeing.
Democrats vs. Republicans: Which Came First?Since Democrats and Republicans appear to have an inexhaustible appetite for enjoying political friction, it seems worth offering some insight on which label came first, in the hopes that each group can use it to browbeat the other. The short answer is that republican came first, but as with so many political issues, that does not necessarily mean what we might think. The earliest recorded …
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Origin of browbeat
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And only think of Browbeater succeeding such an office, as excellent, respected, and admirable Tom Silver left behind him!Valentine M'Clutchy, The Irish Agent|William Carleton
/ (ˈbraʊˌbiːt) /
verb -beats, -beating, -beat or -beaten
(tr) to discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
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[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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