brow·​beat | \ˈbrau̇-ˌbēt \
browbeat; browbeaten\-​ˈbē-​tᵊn \ or browbeat; browbeating

Definition of browbeat 

transitive verb

: to intimidate or disconcert by a stern manner or arrogant speech : bully likes to browbeat the waitstaff

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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

Examples of browbeat in a Sentence

His father likes to browbeat waiters and waitresses. they would often browbeat the younger child until he cried

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From the beginning, Kennedy was outrageously browbeaten. William Lloyd Stearman, WSJ, "Don’t Negotiate With Kim, Mr. President," 3 June 2018 The fund’s second mistake was to be browbeaten by Mr Cavallo, brought back by Mr Menem’s successor, into giving a second loan to Argentina in 2001. The Economist, "Why Argentines are wrong to scapegoat the IMF," 17 May 2018 Get our daily newsletter In 1982 America browbeat the European Community, the forerunner of the European Union, into limiting its steel exports to America. The Economist, "Steel bannedWhy tariffs on steel and aluminium are easier said than done," 24 Mar. 2018 Puppet deities—the hideous mug of Brute Force for one, a sort of Terry Gilliam meets Dragon Ball Z monstrosity—parade into view and browbeat him. Max Maller, Chicago Reader, "Prometheus Bound remains inert," 10 May 2018 Most notably, Bolton reportedly browbeat an intelligence analyst who disputed his view that Cuba was intent on building an advanced biological weapons program. John Hudson, Washington Post, "State Department braces for Bolton’s return," 27 Mar. 2018 One exfollower reports attending a meeting at Rajneeshpuram at which Ma Anand Sheela cajoled and browbeat those present to contribute every last possible dime, from their own resources or from family or friends, to the Rajneesh treasury. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Bhagwan’s Bottom Line II," 12 Apr. 2018 We media types have been browbeaten by the Associated Press to call it daylight saving time, even though most everyone else uses the plural form in daily speech. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Daylight saving time: Hoosiers share their love-hate emotions about it," 10 Mar. 2018 The White House tried to challenge the licenses of Florida television stations owned by the Washington Post and was successful in browbeating William Paley, the head of CBS, to truncate a Walter Cronkite special report on Watergate. The Hive, "New York Not Impressed By Rahm Emanuel’s Gloating," 5 July 2017

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First Known Use of browbeat

1581, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of browbeat was in 1581

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English Language Learners Definition of browbeat

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

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