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."
They fell to work and belabored each other with might and main; kicks and cuffs and dry blows were as well bestowed as they were well merited, until, having fought to their hearts' content, and been drubbed into a familiar acquaintance with each other's prowess and good qualities, they ended the fight by becoming firmer friends than they could have been rendered by a year's peaceable companionship.
Father and sons would occasionally get drunk together, and then the cabin was a scene of ruffian brawl and fighting, in the course of which the old Frenchman was apt to get soundly belabored by his mongrel offspring.
The good dame had remained sulky ever since, whereupon Pierre, seeing no other mode of exorcising the evil spirit out of her, and being, perhaps, a little inspired by whiskey, had resorted to the Indian remedy of the cudgel, and before his neighbors could interfere, had belabored her so soundly, that there is no record of her having shown any refractory symptoms throughout the remainder of the expedition.
Belabored by their officers, they began to move forward.
'I will not belabor him for omitting other issues because it is impossible to cram all of our problems in one speech,' he said.
"We will no longer belabor the fact that the May 13 elections were rigged and that the Comelec and it's main officials deserve to be pilloried for sanctioning and aiding the dirtiest, least credible elections in recent history," added Labog.
"There's no need to further belabor the point ndash Wednesday's big story was inflation.
'We need not belabor the fact that the media is in deep crisis in today's digital ecosystem.
'It is intriguing as to why appellant [Nazia] would bring her four-month-old child to the spot, place him on the floor and belabor the diseased with a dagger in order to kill her,' the court order states.
"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.