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browbeat

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verb brow·beat \ˈbrau̇-ˌbēt\

Simple Definition of browbeat

  • : to use threats or angry speech to make (someone) do or accept something

Full Definition of browbeat

brow·beatbrow·beat·enplay \-ˈbē-tən\ or brow·beatbrow·beat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to intimidate or disconcert by a stern manner or arrogant speech :  bully

Examples of browbeat

  1. His father likes to browbeat waiters and waitresses.

  2. <they would often browbeat the younger child until he cried>



1581

First Known Use of browbeat

1581

Synonym Discussion of browbeat

intimidate, cow, bulldoze, bully, browbeat mean to frighten into submission. intimidate implies inducing fear or a sense of inferiority into another <intimidated by so many other bright freshmen>. cow implies reduction to a state where the spirit is broken or all courage is lost <not at all cowed by the odds against making it in show business>. bulldoze implies an intimidating or an overcoming of resistance usually by urgings, demands, or threats <bulldozed the city council into approving the plan>. bully implies intimidation through threats, insults, or aggressive behavior <bullied into giving up their lunch money>. browbeat implies a cowing through arrogant, scornful, or contemptuous treatment <browbeat the witness into a contradiction>.


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