brow-beaten

browbeat

[brou-beet]
verb (used with object), browbeat, browbeaten, browbeating.
to intimidate by overbearing looks or words; bully: They browbeat him into agreeing.

Origin:
1575–85; brow + beat

browbeater, noun


cow, badger, tyrannize, harass, coerce.
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browbeat (ˈbraʊˌbiːt)
 
vb , -beats, -beating, -beat, -beaten
(tr) to discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
 
'browbeater
 
n

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browbeat
"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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