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belabour US, belabor [bɪˈleɪbə]
1. to beat severely; thrash
2. to attack verbally; criticize harshly
3. an obsolete word for labour
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1. beat, hit, strike, knock, punch, belt (informal), whip, deck (slang), batter, thrash, pound, flog, clobber (slang), tonk (informal), cudgel, thwack, lambast(e), lay one on (slang), drub Men began to belabour his shoulders with sticks.
2. attack, blast, put down, criticize, have a go (at) (informal), censure, malign, berate, castigate, revile, vilify, flame (informal), tear into (informal), lay into (informal), flay, diss (slang, chiefly U.S.), go for the jugular, lambast(e), excoriate They have been belaboured on all sides for withdrawing from the cup.
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beat a retreat
beat up on
61 min: Van Persie belabours the ball off the underside of the bar from a tight angle on the left.
In a fit of anger she berates them and belabours them with a plank: their consternation and sheer surprise is wonderfully comic; and the way the owner Hope's tough, violent husband is shown up as a straw man is a fine addition to the popular Western tradition of the bully humiliated.
He splendidly deals out bags of sovereigns, which won't buy anything; belabours wicked backs with awful blows, which do not hurt; endows heroines with preternatural beauty, and creates heroes, who, if ugly sometimes, yet possess a thousand good qualities, and usually end by being immensely rich; makes the hero and heroine happy at last, and happy ever after.
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