Browbeaten



to intimidate by overbearing looks or words; bully:
They browbeat him into agreeing.
Contemporary Examples

Obama and Felipe Calderón Blow Chance to Talk Substance at G-20 John M. Ackerman June 20, 2012
Please Ignore Kristol’s Desire To Bomb Iran Emily L. Hauser December 24, 2012

Historical Examples

In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
The “Genius” Theodore Dreiser
Breaking Away Oliver Optic
To Him That Hath Leroy Scott
Roy Blakeley’s Silver Fox Patrol Percy Keese Fitzhugh
The Making of Bobby Burnit George Randolph Chester
Rose Charlitte Marshall Saunders

verb -beats, -beating, -beat, -beaten
(transitive) to discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
v.

[I]t appears from the earliest quotations … that the brow in question was that of the beater, not of the beaten party; but it is not evident whether the meaning was ‘to beat with one’s (frowning) brows,’ or ‘to beat (?lower) one’s brows at.’ [OED]

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