belabor the point

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belabor the point

Repeat an argument or other issue over and over, harp on something, as in We've discussed her decisionlet's not belabor the point. This term dates from the mid-1900s and derives from belabor in the sense of "assail with words," a usage dating from the late 1500s.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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