browbeat

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verb brow·beat \ˈbrau̇-ˌbēt\

Definition of browbeat

browbeat

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browbeaten

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browbeat

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browbeating

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

Examples of browbeat in a Sentence

  1. His father likes to browbeat waiters and waitresses.

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

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First Known Use of browbeat

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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

BROWBEAT Defined for English Language Learners

browbeat

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Definition of browbeat for English Language Learners

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



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