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belabor

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v belabor attack verbally with harsh criticism "She was belabored by her fellow students"
    • v belabor beat soundly
    • v belabor to work at or to absurd length "belabor the obvious"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Belabor To beat soundly; to cudgel. "Ajax belabors there a harmless ox."
    • Belabor To ply diligently; to work carefully upon. "If the earth is belabored with culture, it yieldeth corn."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • belabor To work hard upon; ply diligently.
    • belabor To beat soundly; thump.
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Usage

In literature:

Ted had ridden up to the plunging beast, and began to belabor it with his quirt, to take the spirit out of it.
"Ted Strong in Montana" by Edward C. Taylor
Hippy plunged at the mob and belabored them right and left with the blazing torch.
"Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders in the Great North Woods" by Jessie Graham Flower
He was armed with a huge club, with which, after the word was given, he belabored the miserable animal from start to finish.
"French Pathfinders in North America" by William Henry Johnson
Catching up a broom, I belabored the dog so energetically that he was forced to turn from the poor Czar to me.
"Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag, Vol. 5" by Louisa M. Alcott
An old man stood up and began to belabor the frightened animal.
"The Rainy Day Railroad War" by Holman Day
He threw his right arm upward as if to escape a blow, but the old dame did not belabor him.
"The Dragon Painter" by Mary McNeil Fenollosa
The mainmast was floating alongside the ship which it belabored with thumps that jarred the hull.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
While some went for the one who was belaboring the representative of the law, others made for the second burglar.
"The Telegraph Messenger Boy" by Edward S. Ellis
Huxley belabors the bishops because there is no use for sacerdotalism in his scheme of life.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
Never a doubt I doubt 'twas himself belabored the old man on his road home.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
He caught up his stick and began to belabor them soundly.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
Presently, when the couch was a wreck and Bob had Frank over his knees and was preparing to belabor him, Jack interfered.
"The Radio Boys with the Revenue Guards" by Gerald Breckenridge
About two o'clock our indefatigable quarry began to belabor the leader again.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
There they belabored him savagely.
"The Story of Don Quixote" by Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
He desisted quite suddenly from belaboring his victim.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
Mr. McPherson was still belaboring capital.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
How much more tempting than the ultra-belabored viands on white china that had to be latticed down!
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
They scolded him with shrill tongues and belabored him with their ramrods.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
Roth strode up to him and began to belabor him with both fists, showering hard blows on neck and head.
"A Little Garrison" by Fritz von der Kyrburg
But our newspaper critic will belabor that author soundly for us!
"Brother Jacques (Novels of Paul de Kock, Volume XVII)" by Charles Paul de Kock
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In poetry:

"The doctors have belabor'd me
With potion and with pill:
My hours of life are counted,
O man of tape and quill!
Sit down and mend a pen or two,
I want to make my will.
"The King Of Brentford’s Testament" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The sun, emerging from a rift
Between the clouds, observed the victim,
And how the wind beset and biffed,
Belabored, buffeted, and kicked him.
Said he, "This wind is doubtless new here:
'Tis quite the freshest ever blew here."
"The Impetuous Breeze And The Diplomatic Sun" by Guy Wetmore Carryl

In news:

These photos are not staged, posed or belabored.
And it's hard not to belabor the pyrrhic reward of "interim".
This week, rather than belabor the failings of two new theatrical debuts -- "Gone in 60 Seconds" and "Love's Labour's Lost".
Obama and the Democrats belabor the point that his failures should be discounted because of the overwhelming economic mess he inherited from George W Bush.
Obama and the Democrats belabor the point that his failures should be discounted because of the overwhelming economic mess he inherited from George W.
I found your belaboring excess disgusting.
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In science:

Since the distinction between the formal operation (3.22) and an ordinary change of variables such as (3.23) will be important, we will belabor the point slightly.
The Omega Deformation, Branes, Integrability, and Liouville Theory
We do not belabor this point because, in our approach, the notion of polarization charge is only ever brought in for interpretative purposes, but is not needed to carry out calculations.
Astrophysical gyrokinetics: kinetic and fluid turbulent cascades in magnetized weakly collisional plasmas
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