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See also: brow-beat
browbeat (third-person singular simple present browbeats, present participle browbeating, simple past browbeat, past participle browbeaten)
- (transitive) To bully in an intimidating, bossy, or supercilious way.
- Synonyms: bully, cow, domineer, intimidate; see also Thesaurus:intimidate
- Though the teacher browbeat all the children, they still acted out during the lesson.
- 1993 November 28, Carol Muske, quoting Dudley Fitts, “Laura Riding Roughshod”, in The New York Times, →ISSN:
- Dudley Fitts reared far back, pronouncing her [Laura Riding] with “few equals” when it came to “browbeating an audience into conviction by sheer force of arrogance, among any poets living or dead.”
to bully in an intimidating way
- “browbeat”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “browbeat”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.