belabor


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be·la·bor

 (bĭ-lā′bər)
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.

be•la•bor

(bɪˈleɪ bər)

v.t.
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.
[1590–1600]

belabor


Past participle: belabored
Gerund: belaboring

Imperative
belabor
belabor
Present
I belabor
you belabor
he/she/it belabors
we belabor
you belabor
they belabor
Preterite
I belabored
you belabored
he/she/it belabored
we belabored
you belabored
they belabored
Present Continuous
I am belaboring
you are belaboring
he/she/it is belaboring
we are belaboring
you are belaboring
they are belaboring
Present Perfect
I have belabored
you have belabored
he/she/it has belabored
we have belabored
you have belabored
they have belabored
Past Continuous
I was belaboring
you were belaboring
he/she/it was belaboring
we were belaboring
you were belaboring
they were belaboring
Past Perfect
I had belabored
you had belabored
he/she/it had belabored
we had belabored
you had belabored
they had belabored
Future
I will belabor
you will belabor
he/she/it will belabor
we will belabor
you will belabor
they will belabor
Future Perfect
I will have belabored
you will have belabored
he/she/it will have belabored
we will have belabored
you will have belabored
they will have belabored
Future Continuous
I will be belaboring
you will be belaboring
he/she/it will be belaboring
we will be belaboring
you will be belaboring
they will be belaboring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been belaboring
you have been belaboring
he/she/it has been belaboring
we have been belaboring
you have been belaboring
they have been belaboring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been belaboring
you will have been belaboring
he/she/it will have been belaboring
we will have been belaboring
you will have been belaboring
they will have been belaboring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been belaboring
you had been belaboring
he/she/it had been belaboring
we had been belaboring
you had been belaboring
they had been belaboring
Conditional
I would belabor
you would belabor
he/she/it would belabor
we would belabor
you would belabor
they would belabor
Past Conditional
I would have belabored
you would have belabored
he/she/it would have belabored
we would have belabored
you would have belabored
they would have belabored
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"

belabor

verb
To hit heavily and repeatedly with violent blows:
Informal: lambaste.
Slang: clobber.
Idiom: rain blows on.
References in classic literature ?
When Terkoz saw Tarzan approaching without his arrows, he continued to belabor the poor woman in a studied effort to affront his hated chieftain.
Ah, when one looks at our young people, Prince, one would like to take Peter the Great's old cudgel out of the museum and belabor them in the Russian way till all the nonsense jumps out of them.
Nowadays we need to record much more quickly, so there's not time to belabor every little decision like we did in our earlier years," says Ray.
An ostensible paean to the thesping profession and its wacky, lovable practitioners, this dysfunctional-family/romantic seriocomedy in fact occasions plenty of bad acting, making this an interminable belabor of love that will have trouble finding an audience in any format.
Yet most environmental curricula today, whether formal education or "fun" activities created by environmental groups, belabor the problems and are dominated by "prescriptions, commandments and statements of fact.
It's the offhanded way Waberi goes about his satire that makes his critique as devastating as it is; he doesn't belabor the scenario, he casually inverts cultural references (not Fay Wray's King Kong but Miriam Makeba's, not Courbet's The Origin of the World but Gustavio Mbembe's) and twists the thoughtless rhetoric that's been used so often to flatten and homogenize Africa in literature.
So I will not belabor the many inaccuracies and distortions in Mr.
We don't need to belabor how important it is to save energy.
Not to belabor the Hooker thing, but how many blockbuster movies were based on that series?
Although Collins has occasionally voiced support for efforts to hold the White House accountable, she'd prefer not to belabor the point.
To claim that it is a timely treatment would simply belabor the point.
But my point is not to belabor these mill closings.