Definition of belabour in English:

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Pronunciation: /bɪˈleɪbə/
(US belabor)


[with object]
1Attack (someone) physically or verbally: Bernard was belabouring Jed with his fists
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  • It seemed to me that there were now two areas: one was that of what you might call highbrow poetry and one could go on belabouring people writing in that field.
  • So, if you're looking for a weighty tome for a Christmas present, to block a draught or to belabour rival fans, you'll want to enter the competition.
  • You could now strike your adversary such a blow with your fist on the face as to render him unconscious, or, of course, you could belabor him with your stick if it were suitable for the purpose.
beat, hit, strike, smack, batter, pummel, pound, buffet, rain blows on, thrash, bombard, pelt;
North American  beat up on
informal wallop, whack, clout, clobber, bop, biff, sock, deck, plug, knock about/around, knock into the middle of next week, beat the living daylights out of, give someone a good hiding, do over, work over, rough up, lay into, tear into, lace into, sail into, get stuck into
British informal have a go at
North American informal whale, light into
archaic smite
criticize, attack, berate, censure, condemn, denounce, denigrate, revile, castigate, pillory, flay, lambaste, savage, tear/pull to pieces, find fault with, run down, abuse
British informal slate, rubbish, slag off, monster
North American informal pummel, cut up
Australian/New Zealand informal bag
rare excoriate
2Argue or discuss (a subject) in excessive detail: there is no need to belabour the point
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  • Not to belabor the issue, the question is: why is it so difficult today to resist those pressures?
  • But to his credit, it should be emphasized, he does not belabor any theme too much.
  • This is especially the case when those words simply amount to belabouring the obvious.
over-elaborate, labour, discuss at length, dwell on, harp on about, hammer away at, expound on, expand on;
overdo, overplay, overdramatize, make too much of, place too much emphasis on
informal flog to death, drag out, make a big thing of, blow out of all proportion
North American informal do over


Late Middle English: from be- + the verb labour.

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