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browbeat

[brou-beet] /ˈbraʊˌbit/
verb (used with object), browbeat, browbeaten, browbeating.
1.
to intimidate by overbearing looks or words; bully:
They browbeat him into agreeing.
Origin of browbeat
1575-1585
1575-85; brow + beat
Related forms
browbeater, noun
Synonyms
cow, badger, tyrannize, harass, coerce.
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  • They walked round and round each other, seeming almost to tiptoe in their efforts to browbeat.

    In the Brooding Wild Ridgwell Cullum
  • I'm not here to browbeat you, Mr. Worthington, or lie to you.

    The White Desert Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • It is not a very manly thing, Mr. Holmes, to come here and browbeat a woman.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • You mustn't think you can browbeat these boys, because you can't.

    Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • Robert Beverley said it was his constant practice to browbeat and vilify both lawyers and their clients.

    Give Me Liberty Thomas J. Wertenbaker
  • Crosby was her property, to browbeat and maltreat as seemed best to her.

    The Madigans Miriam Michelson
British Dictionary definitions for browbeat

browbeat

/ˈbraʊˌbiːt/
verb -beats, -beating, -beat, -beaten
1.
(transitive) to discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
Derived Forms
browbeater, noun
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Word Origin and History for browbeat
v.

"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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Slang definitions & phrases for browbeat

browbeat

verb

To intimidate; strong-arm (1830s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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