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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Recent Examples on the Web Without belaboring his points, Snowden pushes the reader to reflect more seriously on what every American should be asking already. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "In Edward Snowden’s New Memoir, the Disclosures This Time Are Personal," 13 Sep. 2019 Gillett and Bettinelli-Olpin have a lot of fun with those ideas without belaboring them too much. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "From Midsommar's director's cut to Don't Let Go, 13 movies to see this Labor Day weekend," 30 Aug. 2019 Gillett and Bettinelli-Olpin have a lot of fun with those ideas without belaboring them too much. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "From Midsommar's director's cut to Don't Let Go, 13 movies to see this Labor Day weekend," 30 Aug. 2019 For Generation Productions, director Kenny Howard doesn’t belabor the dramatic moments that occur in life, and thankfully never allows his actors to turn maudlin or saccharine. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Seasons’ gently and movingly showcases the human circle of life | Review," 14 Sep. 2019 Gillett and Bettinelli-Olpin have a lot of fun with those ideas without belaboring them too much. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "From Midsommar's director's cut to Don't Let Go, 13 movies to see this Labor Day weekend," 30 Aug. 2019 Gillett and Bettinelli-Olpin have a lot of fun with those ideas without belaboring them too much. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "From Midsommar's director's cut to Don't Let Go, 13 movies to see this Labor Day weekend," 30 Aug. 2019 Instead of belaboring, with tedious exposition, the specifics of a culture and setting that are rare, if not unique in cinema, the director turns in the opposite direction. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘The Third Wife’ is a story told with deft, lush strokes," 27 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, Detroit Free Press, "Mom’s negativity impacts mental health," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of belabor

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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23 Oct 2019

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The first known use of belabor was in 1596

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belabor

verb
How to pronounce belabor (audio)

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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