- 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 browbeating
Instead, they till a middle ground, choosing to teach by example rather than by browbeating.If You Grow Up Indian-American, College Graduation Isn’t Enough
May 31, 2013
It was Elfride's first fragile attempt at browbeating a lover.A Pair of Blue Eyes
What in hell do you mean by browbeating my nurse and forcing yourself in here!The Lost Despatch
Natalie Sumner Lincoln
Say what you please, the time for browbeating, scaring me is gone.Deering of Deal
The Watertown men must soon have recovered from the browbeating he had given them.
Where the South cannot effect her object by browbeating, she wheedles.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 6 (of 20)
- (tr) to discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
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Word Origin and History for browbeating
[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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