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Related to browbeating: expedite, whinging


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.
ISLAMABAD -- The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal Wednesday said that anti-graft watchdog could not be impeded from going ahead by browbeating or threatening it as the bureau was determined to eradicate the menace of corruption by strictly remaining within the purview of law of the land.
Holding consumers to ransom over a carrier bag or browbeating them with microplastic means absolutely nothing if there isn't any respect for the planet that we live on.
CHISHTIAN -- PML (F) chairman Ejaz ul Haq has said browbeating and alleging courts is not becoming of the elected representatives of people.
After the past week of Chinese complaints to various corporations over how they class Taiwan and other regions on the web or in company materials, the Australian airline Qantas is the most recent to succumb to China's browbeating campaign for influence.
Swanning off to his PS130million luxury yacht in the south of France after browbeating the workers into submission.
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.