browbeat

  • 1Browbeat — Brow beat , v. t. [imp. {Browbeat}; p. p. {Browbeaten}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Browbeating}.] To depress or bear down with haughty, stern looks, or with arrogant speech and dogmatic assertions; to abash or disconcert by impudent or abusive words or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2Browbeat — Brow beat , v. t. [imp. {Browbeat}; p. p. {Browbeaten}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Browbeating}.] To depress or bear down with haughty, stern looks, or with arrogant speech and dogmatic assertions; to abash or disconcert by impudent or abusive words or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3browbeat — ► VERB (past browbeat; past part. browbeaten) ▪ intimidate with words or looks …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4browbeat — [brou′bēt΄] vt. browbeat, browbeaten, browbeating to intimidate with harsh, stern looks and talk; bully …

    English World dictionary

  • 5browbeat — I verb abash, badger, beat down, bully, chide, cow, daunt, deflate, discourage, dishonor, domineer, dress down, drive, exert pressure on, frighten, give one a talking to, goad, harass, humble, humiliate, intimidate, make nervous, make one feel… …

    Law dictionary

  • 6browbeat — (v.) to bully, originally to bear down with stern or arrogant looks, 1580s, from BROW (Cf. brow) + BEAT (Cf. beat) (v.). t appears from the earliest quotations ... that the [i]brow in question was that of the beater, not of the beaten party; but… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7browbeat — bulldoze, bully, *intimidate, cow Analogous words: terrorize, terrify, *frighten, scare Contrasted words: *coax, cajole, wheedle, blandish …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8browbeat — [v] castigate, nag badger, bludgeon, bluster, bulldoze*, bully, coerce, cow, despotize, domineer, dragoon, frighten, harass, hector, intimidate, lean on*, lord it over*, oppress, overawe, overbear, put heat on*, put the chill on*, put through the …

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  • 9browbeat — UK [ˈbraʊˌbiːt] / US [ˈbraʊˌbɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms browbeat : present tense I/you/we/they browbeat he/she/it browbeats present participle browbeating past tense browbeat past participle browbeaten UK [ˈbraʊˌbiːt(ə)n] / US… …

    English dictionary

  • 10browbeat — v. (D; tr.) to browbeat into (they could not browbeat him into confessing) * * * [ braʊbiːt] (D; tr.) to browbeat into (they could not browbeat him into confessing) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11browbeat — [[t]bra͟ʊbiːt[/t]] browbeats, browbeating, browbeaten VERB (The form browbeat is used in the present tense and is also the past tense.) If someone tries to browbeat you, they try to force you to do what they want. [V n] ...attempts to deceive,… …

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  • 12browbeat — brow|beat [ˈbaubi:t] v past tense browbeat past participle browbeaten [ bi:tn] [T] to try to make someone do something, especially in a threatening way browbeat sb into doing sth ▪ She was determined to browbeat everyone into believing her …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13browbeat — browbeater, n. /brow beet /, v.t., browbeat, browbeaten, browbeating. to intimidate by overbearing looks or words; bully: They browbeat him into agreeing. [1575 85; BROW + BEAT] Syn. cow, badger, tyrannize, harass, coerce. * * * …

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  • 14browbeat — brow|beat [ brau,bit ] (past tense brow|beat; past participle brow|beat|en [ brau,bitn ] ) verb transitive to make someone do something by asking or threatening them until they agree: BULLY: browbeat someone into (doing) something: She wasn t… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15browbeat — transitive verb (browbeat; browbeaten or beat; beating) Date: 1581 to intimidate or disconcert by a stern manner or arrogant speech ; bully Synonyms: see intimidate …

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  • 16browbeat — verb /ˈbrɑʊ.biːt/ To bully in an intimidating, bossy, or supercilious way. Though the teacher browbeat all the children, they still acted out during the lesson. Syn: bully, cow, domineer …

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  • 17browbeat — verb (past browbeat; past participle browbeaten) intimidate or cajole with words or looks. Derivatives browbeater noun …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18browbeat — verb they browbeat the witness into changing her testimony Syn: bully, intimidate, force, coerce, compel, hector, dragoon, bludgeon, pressure, pressurize, tyrannize, terrorize, menace; harass, harry, hound; informal bulldoze, railroad …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19browbeat — /ˈbraʊbit / (say browbeet) verb (t) (browbeat, browbeaten, browbeating) to intimidate by overbearing looks or words; bully …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 20browbeat — Synonyms and related words: badger, beat down, bludgeon, bluster, bluster out of, bounce, break, bulldoze, bully, bullyrag, castrate, clamp down on, coerce, compel, cow, daunt, demoralize, despotize, discourage, dominate, domineer, domineer over …

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