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English definition of “belabour”

belabour

verb [T] uk UK formal (US belabor)   /bɪˈleɪ.bər/ us    /-bɚ/

belabour verb [T] (EXPLAIN)

to explain something more than necessary: There's no need to belabour the point.Defining and explaining

belabour verb [T] (HIT)

old-fashioned to hit someone or something hard and repeatedly: She belaboured him with her walking stick.Hitting and beatingPunishing by causing pain

belabour verb [T] (CRITICIZE)

UK to criticize someoneDisapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation
(Definition of belabour from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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