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belabor

[bih-ley-ber] /bɪˈleɪ bər/
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
1590-1600; be- + labor
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British Dictionary definitions for belabour

belabour

/bɪˈleɪbə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to beat severely; thrash
2.
to attack verbally; criticize harshly
3.
an obsolete word for labour
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Word Origin and History for belabour
v.

chiefly British English spelling of belabor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or.

belabor

v.

1590s, "to exert one's strength upon," from be- + labor (v.). But figurative sense of "assail with words" is attested somewhat earlier (1590s); and belabored is attested from mid-15c. with a sense of "tilled, cultivated."

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