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Belabor   /bɪlˈeɪbər/   Listen

(past & past part. belabored; pres. part. belaboring)
To work at or to absurd length.  Synonym: belabour.
Attack verbally with harsh criticism.  Synonym: belabour.
Beat soundly.  Synonym: belabour.

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"Belabor" Quotes from Famous Books

... "musical" instruments, upon which we continued to perform with undiminished vigor. Peter Brigham was in agonies, and rushed about the saloon like an insane fly in a tar barrel. The frightened waiters abandoned their posts and fled. The mob outside cheered vociferously; and Harlequin began to belabor poor Pantaloon with his gilded lath to the immense ...
— My Life: or the Adventures of Geo. Thompson - Being the Auto-Biography of an Author. Written by Himself. • George Thompson

... nor hate nor spite Mar the tongue of any wight 'Twixt night and night. Botun, batun—belabor well Churls who sleep through matin bell And no soothe tell. God will forfeit peace on earth If men fall out ...
— In The Yule-Log Glow, Vol. IV (of IV) • Harrison S. Morris

... said that, on troublous nights, evil spirits settle upon the necks of men, and belabor them so that they gasp and sweat for very terror; quite another sort it was to-day which sat by the woodman: and his heart was warm, and ...
— Christian Gellert's Last Christmas - From "German Tales" Published by the American Publishers' Corporation • Berthold Auerbach

... whip on his knee under the table and waited; as soon as the children had advanced near enough, he sprang up and began to belabor them. ...
— The Comedienne • Wladyslaw Reymont

... dogs!" he cried. "But let the woman and child alone," and at that they ceased to belabor Mrs. Baker and Robbie and set about removing the captive as expeditiously as possible. Robbie had been asleep in the loft with his guest when the attack was made and had run down the ladder to get at the guns; but this last was impossible. Enoch's rifle was likewise down-stairs ...
— With Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga • W. Bert Foster

... sound depends on the size of the vibrations, just as one feels a blow from a large object, other things being equal, more than from a small one. The ear drum-head is in the case of a large sound beaten, as it were, more powerfully. The singers that give us bigness of sound instead of quality belabor our ears, so to speak; they treat us as persons of mean understanding—dull intellects; the thing ...
— Voice Production in Singing and Speaking - Based on Scientific Principles (Fourth Edition, Revised and Enlarged) • Wesley Mills

Words linked to "Belabor" :   pick apart, criticise, belabour, beat, beat up, work over, work at, work on, knock, criticize

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