browbeating


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brow·beat

 (brou′bēt′)
tr.v. brow·beat, brow·beat·en (-bēt′n), brow·beat·ing, brow·beats
To intimidate or subjugate by an overbearing manner or domineering speech; bully. See Synonyms at intimidate.

brow′beat′er n.
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These poor girls had never known the advantages of settled homes, decorous example, or honest Protestant education; resident a few months now in one Catholic school, now in another, as their parents wandered from land to land--from France to Germany, from Germany to Belgium --they had picked up some scanty instruction, many bad habits, losing every notion even of the first elements of religion and morals, and acquiring an imbecile indifference to every sentiment that can elevate humanity; they were distinguishable by an habitual look of sullen dejection, the result of crushed self-respect and constant browbeating from their Popish fellow-pupils, who hated them as English, and scorned them as heretics.
Swanning off to his PS130million luxury yacht in the south of France after browbeating the workers into submission.
In the good old days politicians would settle for browbeating their constituents, riding the gravy train, and fiddling parliamentary expenses.
Valentine Dyall The girl with the missing toe, identified after her death via her ghostly footprints; the young couple in a wood gradually encircled and savaged by a massing of birds long before Hitchcock and even Du Maurier; the woman driven mad by yellow wallpaper who finally scrapes off a whole room with her fingernails; and best of all the small boy with an imaginary friend, a lion, and a browbeating father who suddenly vanishes at the sound of a roar, leaving only a shoe with his foot still in it.
Bex or Mario will leave the show tonight, but while Bex and Luke have been spending time having fun, fake Italian Mario, from Warrington, has been constantly browbeating his partner Lisa.
browbeating of successive Ecuadorian governments had the opposite of the intended effect, uniting the country's politicians against the United States.
The supermodel has supposedly been browbeating her former junkie boyfriend into quitting his band and concentrating on getting clean.
Spring's book doesn't so much tell the story of business's courtship of the schools as it does business's 80-year heavy-handed and relentless browbeating of the schools into a corporate-friendly submission.
If only the obstinate Dick Advocaat had played the youthful and brilliant Wesley Sneijder and a more direct winger than Boudewijn Zenden, he could well have saved himself even more browbeating.
Meanwhile, Canadian representatives at the United Nations, in New York as well as Geneva, are browbeating unwilling poor nations to submit to abortion, contraception and homogamy (see under U.
But demagoguery by Democrats and browbeating by the media caused the Bush administration to quickly knuckle under.
No examples of browbeating the standards community come to mind.