Definition of belabor
1a : to attack verbally If I had been ill-natured, I should have shown up the little great man, who had once belabored me in his feeble way. — Oliver Wendell Holmesb : to beat soundly … ancient battles in which the combatants belabored one another with swords, staffs, cudgels, halberds and other heavy-duty weapons until the blood flowed … — James Rogers
2 : to explain or insist on excessively her habit of belaboring the obvious He needlessly belabored the point.
Examples of belabor in a Sentence
Her habit of belaboring the obvious makes her a very boring speaker.
Please don't belabor the point.
He uses his newspaper column to belabor writers for even the most minor grammatical errors.
Recent Examples of belabor from the Web
One issue that seems to belabor proceedings is that Snowfall is, above all, an origin story.
The parallels with events at the start of this century are plain to see, yet the movie, to its credit, does not belabor them.
But the point Mainieri belabored -- and justifiably so -- were the five errors that let Texas Southern hold a 7-5 lead after the top of the fifth.
Bar-Lev belabors some anecdotes, notably one involving the band’s sabotage-by-LSD of a documentary crew.
Curtain Call: The final number utilizes a door and was a bit lengthy and belabored.
But by the film’s belabored end, the franchise has shed its host.
That's more than twice Apple's total revenue -- which, not to belabor the point, is the most valuable company in America.
In that case, wasn’t Mr. Dixon belaboring the obvious in delivering the statement prepared by him and his associates (including Mr. Miranda)?
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First Known Use of belabor
BELABOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of belabor for English Language Learners
: to talk about (something) for too long : to repeat or stress (something) too much or too often
: to attack or criticize (someone)
BELABOR Defined for Kids
Definition of belabor for Students
: to keep explaining or insisting on to excess belabor an argument
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