Browbeater



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

Valentine M’Clutchy, The Irish Agent William Carleton

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]

Related: Browbeaten; browbeating.

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