belabour

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

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belabour or (US) belabor (bɪˈleɪbə)
 
vb
1.  to beat severely; thrash
2.  to attack verbally; criticize harshly
3.  an obsolete word for labour
 
belabor or (US) belabor
 
vb

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belabor
c.1600, "to exert one's strength upon," from be- + labor. But figurative sense of "assail with words" is attested somewhat earlier (1590s).

belabour
British spelling of belabor (q.v.); for suffix, see -or.
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