belabour

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Related to belaboured: brought out
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Synonyms for belabour

dwell on

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Synonyms for belabour

to work at or to absurd length

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beat soundly

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attack verbally with harsh criticism

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His horse was a poor, starved, hobbling creature, and two slaves followed him on foot to drive the poor creature along; he had a whip in his hand, and he belaboured the beast as fast about the head as his slaves did about the tail; and thus he rode by us, with about ten or twelve servants, going from the city to his country seat, about half a league before us.
Then Horatio Fizkin, Esquire, of Fizkin Lodge, near Eatanswill, presented himself for the purpose of addressing the electors; which he no sooner did, than the band employed by the Honourable Samuel Slumkey, commenced performing with a power to which their strength in the morning was a trifle; in return for which, the Buff crowd belaboured the heads and shoulders of the Blue crowd; on which the Blue crowd endeavoured to dispossess themselves of their very unpleasant neighbours the Buff crowd; and a scene of struggling, and pushing, and fighting, succeeded, to which we can no more do justice than the mayor could, although he issued imperative orders to twelve constables to seize the ringleaders, who might amount in number to two hundred and fifty, or thereabouts.
It's obvious that very little thought went into the script, which simply strings together a series of belaboured capers that fail miserably to find the humour in each contrived situation.
He snatched it and belaboured the importunate man with it, flung it to the ground and stamped on it.
To those who argue that any further change to the nature or conduct of the Grand National might diminish our pleasure in it, I would say this: what kind of person requires the spectacle of willing and courageous animals brought to the verge of total exhaustion and, in some cases, belaboured without respite until they've crossed the line?
A rather long winded and belaboured story which may none the less appeal to the avid reader perhaps a girl--of about 8 who doesn't mind the chitter and chatter of class conscious 'young ladies'.
Needless to say, this has caused deep outrage among the powerful and devious anti-smoking lobby which predictably has belaboured this once 60-a-day man without mercy.
ISEEMichaelHoward is being belaboured by his political enemies for having visited Burnley and lashing out at the ``thugs'' of the British National Party who havemadegains in that town.
Mr Punch has assaulted his squawking wife, abused the policeman, belaboured the crocodile, and usurped the hangman.