Be labor

belabor

[bih-ley-ber]
verb (used with object)
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 provincialism of his contemporaries.
3.
to beat vigorously; ply with heavy blows.
4.
Obsolete. to labor at.
Also, especially British, belabour.


Origin:
1590–1600; be- + labor

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To be labor
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

belabor
c.1600, "to exert one's strength upon," from be- + labor. But figurative sense of "assail with words" is attested somewhat earlier (1590s).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Synonyms
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature