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browbeat

[brou-beet] /ˈbraʊˌbit/
verb (used with object), browbeat, browbeaten, browbeating.
1.
to intimidate by overbearing looks or words; bully:
They browbeat him into agreeing.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; brow + beat
Related forms
browbeater, noun
Synonyms
cow, badger, tyrannize, harass, coerce.
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Examples from the web for browbeating
  • They're too busy unreflectively browbeating everyone who disagrees with them.
  • So the book is divided into sections, each devoted to the browbeating of a particular character.
  • McCarthy called hundreds of witnesses, browbeating and intimidating them.
  • It's not a browbeating, but it's a serious question.
  • His browbeating tactics destroyed careers of people who were not involved in the infiltration of our government.
British Dictionary definitions for browbeating

browbeat

/ˈbraʊˌbiːt/
verb -beats, -beating, -beat, -beaten
1.
(transitive) to discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
Derived Forms
browbeater, noun
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Word Origin and History for browbeating

browbeat

v.

"to bully," originally "to bear down with stern or arrogant looks," 1580s, from brow + beat (v.).

[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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Slang definitions & phrases for browbeating

browbeat

verb

To intimidate; strong-arm (1830s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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