belabor

verb
be·​la·​bor | \ bi-ˈlā-bər How to pronounce belabor (audio) , bē-\
belabored; belaboring; belabors

Definition of belabor

transitive verb

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 Holmes
b : 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.

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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.
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Of course, there's no audience as in SNL to point out where the jokes are — if there are jokes there — but too many belabor the easy and obvious. Irv Letofsky, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Daily Show' First Episode: THR's 1996 Review," 22 July 2019 Tell her a piece of good news, like a job promotion, and her first impulse is to belabor how bad job security is, how much hard work managing people might be, etc. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Mom’s negativity impacts mental health," 24 June 2019 Tell her a piece of good news, like a job promotion, and her first impulse is to belabor how bad job security is, how much hard work managing people might be, etc. Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: She turns my good news into something bad," 24 June 2019 Tell her a piece of good news, such as a job promotion, and her first impulse is to belabor how bad job security is, how much hard work managing people might be, etc. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: You and your constantly negative mom may have more in common than it seems," 24 June 2019 Tell her a piece of good news, like a job promotion, and her first impulse is to belabor how bad job security is, how much hard work managing people might be, etc. Carolyn Hax, oregonlive.com, "Carolyn Hax: Keep calling, but stop resisting, negative Mom," 23 June 2019 The hands of the designer working and reworking it to perfected beauty and the hands of the many artisans who cut, stitched, embroidered, embellished, and belabored it. Jordan Roth, Vogue, "Jordan Roth: A Man’s View on the Haute Couture," 28 Jan. 2019 There’s also a new trailer: And the belabored Bloodstained slipped its release date again. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Gabe Newell struggles with "triple kill" and BattleTech announces its first expansion," 24 Aug. 2018 Walz knows all of this, and also that there's no point in belaboring calls made eight weeks ago. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "NCAA's lash leaves no mark on U of L's women's coach Jeff Walz," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of belabor

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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belabor

verb

English Language Learners Definition of belabor

: to talk about (something) for too long : to repeat or stress (something) too much or too often
: to attack or criticize (someone)

belabor

verb
be·​la·​bor | \ bi-ˈlā-bər How to pronounce belabor (audio) \
belabored; belaboring

Kids Definition of belabor

: to keep explaining or insisting on to excess belabor an argument

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