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tr.v. be·la·bored, be·la·bor·ing, be·la·bors
1. To talk or write about at length or excessively; harp on: Don't belabor the point.
2. To assail verbally: "He ... belabored the new president for speedy military action against secession" (William Marvel).
3. To attack with blows; hit, beat, or whip.


(bɪˈleɪ bər)

1. to explain, worry about, or work at unduly: belaboring an obvious point.
2. to assail, as with ridicule.
3. to beat; pummel.
Also, esp. Brit., be•la′bour.


Past participle: belabored
Gerund: belaboring

I belabor
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I belabored
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he/she/it belabored
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Present Continuous
I am belaboring
you are belaboring
he/she/it is belaboring
we are belaboring
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Present Perfect
I have belabored
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Past Continuous
I was belaboring
you were belaboring
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we were belaboring
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Past Perfect
I had belabored
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we had belabored
you had belabored
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I will belabor
you will belabor
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Future Perfect
I will have belabored
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Future Continuous
I will be belaboring
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been belaboring
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been belaboring
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been belaboring
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you had been belaboring
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I would belabor
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Past Conditional
I would have belabored
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.belabor - to work at or to absurd lengthbelabor - to work at or to absurd length; "belabor the obvious"
work at, work on - to exert effort in order to do, make, or perform something; "the child worked at the multiplication table until she had it down cold"
2.belabor - attack verbally with harsh criticismbelabor - attack verbally with harsh criticism; "She was belabored by her fellow students"
criticise, criticize, pick apart, knock - find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws; "The paper criticized the new movie"; "Don't knock the food--it's free"
3.belabor - beat soundlybelabor - beat soundly        
beat up, work over, beat - give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression; "Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night"; "The teacher used to beat the students"


To hit heavily and repeatedly with violent blows:
Informal: lambaste.
Slang: clobber.
Idiom: rain blows on.
References in classic literature ?
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two old men chatted over Zeus, and one, belaboring a point,
Without belaboring the point, to me Karzai is a capable and complicated leader in a very complicated political situation," Lieberman said.
Rather than belaboring the difficulty of the task, the rest of this paper is devoted to a study of these interventions and how they can be used in schools to improve student success and reduce dropout behavior.
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Without belaboring the controversy, I would suggest that the problem with CT screening for lung cancer is with the patient study mix ("CT Not Advised for Lung Cancer Screening," Oct.
As The Wall Street Journal's James Taranto put it, with great cynicism and possibly great accuracy, "if the Democrats really think that belaboring complaints about harsh treatment of the enemy is the way to 'score points with the public,' they're more out of touch than we thought.
Football season is far enough in the past that there is little point in belaboring the conduct and tactics of Mike Martz, but one more comment might be germane.
And belaboring the point, even at a $99 price, you'd break even at about 0.
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PLODDING back and forth before the jury box, he bludgeoned the panel with his case, belaboring every point, and filled the air with excruciating minutiae, lifting his chin and dragging his vowels in a most irksome way.