belabour(redirected from belabours)
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v. Chiefly British
Variant of belabor.
1. to beat severely; thrash
2. to attack verbally; criticize harshly
3. an obsolete word for labour
Past participle: belaboured
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|Verb||1.||belabour - to work at or to absurd length; "belabor the obvious"|
|2.||belabour - beat soundly|
|3.||belabour - attack verbally with harsh criticism; "She was belabored by her fellow students"|
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.