belabor

  • 1 belabor — [bē lā′bər, bilā′bər] vt. 1. to beat severely; hit or whip 2. to attack with words; scold 3. to spend too much time and effort on; develop in too great detail [to belabor the issue] …

    English World dictionary

  • 2 Belabor — Be*la bor, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Belabored}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Belaboring}.] 1. To ply diligently; to work carefully upon. If the earth is belabored with culture, it yieldeth corn. Barrow. [1913 Webster] 2. To beat soundly; to cudgel. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 belabor — (v.) 1590s, to exert one s strength upon, from BE (Cf. be ) + LABOR (Cf. labor) (v.). But figurative sense of assail with words is attested somewhat earlier (1590s); and belabored is attested from mid 15c. with a sense of tilled, cultivated …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 belabor — (Amer.) be·la·bor || bɪ leɪbÉ™ v. criticize, ridicule; excessively elaborate on a topic; beat, hit (also belabour) …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 5 belabor — *beat, pound, pummel, thrash, buffet, baste Analogous words: *strike, hit, smite, slug, clout, swat, punch, box, cuff, slap …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 belabor — [v] dwell on beat a dead horse*, go on about, hammer home, overwork, pound, rehash, repeat; concept 56 …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 belabor — transitive verb Date: 1596 1. a. to attack verbally b. to beat soundly 2. to explain or insist on excessively < belabor the obvious > …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 8 belabor — be|la|bor [ bı leıbər ] verb transitive AMERICAN OLD FASHIONED to hit someone or something hard many times belabor the point to emphasize an idea or suggestion too much in a way that becomes boring or annoying …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 9 belabor — verb don t belabor the point Syn: overelaborate, labor, dwell on, harp on about, hammer away at; overdo, overplay, overdramatize, make too much of, place too much emphasis on; informal beat to death, drag out, make a big thing of, blow out of… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 10 belabor — verb 1. to work at or to absurd length (Freq. 1) belabor the obvious • Syn: ↑belabour • Hypernyms: ↑work at, ↑work on • Verb Frames …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 11 belabor — /bi lay beuhr/, v.t. 1. to explain, worry about, or work at (something) repeatedly or more than is necessary: He kept belaboring the point long after we had agreed. 2. to assail persistently, as with scorn or ridicule: a book that belabors the… …

    Universalium

  • 12 belabor — Synonyms and related words: accent, accentuate, always trot out, baste, bastinado, batter, beat, belt, birch, buffet, cane, club, cowhide, cudgel, cut, drub, dwell on, dwell upon, emphasize, flagellate, flail, flog, fustigate, give a whipping,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 13 belabor — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. harp or dwell on. See repetition. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. dwell on, harp on, overemphasize, run into the ground*; see emphasize , repeat 1 , 3 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. dwell on, go on… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 14 belabor — v. a. Thump, bethump, strike, knock, lay blows upon. See beat …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 15 belabor — v 1. beset, besiege, pelt, bombard, Sl. strafe; torment, beleaguer, harass, harry, hector, badger, hound, pester, bother, molest, be a thorn in [s.o. s] side, Brit. chivy. 2. agonize, labor, toil, strain, strive, exercise oneself, overwork… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 16 belabor — be·labor …

    English syllables

  • 17 belabor — be•la•bor [[t]bɪˈleɪ bər[/t]] v. t. 1) to explain, worry about, or work at unduly: belaboring an obvious point[/ex] 2) to assail, as with ridicule 3) to beat; pummel Also, esp. brit. be•la′bour. Etymology: 1590–1600 …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 belabor the point — {v. phr.} To overexplain something to the point of obviousness, resulting in ridicule. * / Lest I belabor the point, the teacher said, I must repeat the importance of teaching good grammar in class. / …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 19 belabor the point — {v. phr.} To overexplain something to the point of obviousness, resulting in ridicule. * / Lest I belabor the point, the teacher said, I must repeat the importance of teaching good grammar in class. / …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 20 belabor\ the\ point — v. phr. To overexplain something to the point of obviousness, resulting in ridicule. Lest I belabor the point, the teacher said, I must repeat the importance of teaching good grammar in class …

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