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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Example sentences
She's an example of someone who is sort of browbeaten by this pressure.
The group's websites are used to spread news and to encourage followers not to
  be browbeaten.
Asians might be browbeaten into letting their currencies rise.
They feel they were intimidated and browbeaten by the developer.
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