- 1Attack (someone) physically or verbally: Bernard was belabouring Jed with his fistsMás ejemplos en oraciones
beat, hit, strike, smack, batter, pummel, pound, buffet, rain blows on, thrash, bombard, pelt; beat up, assault, attack, set upon, set about, weigh into; 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 intoBritish • informal have a go at• archaic smitecriticize, attack, berate, censure, condemn, denounce, denigrate, revile, castigate, pillory, flay, lambaste, savage, tear/pull to pieces, find fault with, run down, abuseAustralian/New Zealand • informal bag• rare excoriate
- 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.
- 2Argue or discuss (a subject) in excessive detail: there is no need to belabour the pointMás ejemplos en oraciones
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 proportionNorth American • informal do over
- 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.