Browbeating



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

If You Grow Up Indian-American, College Graduation Isn’t Enough Anita Raghavan May 30, 2013

Historical Examples

A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
The Lost Despatch Natalie Sumner Lincoln
When a Man Marries Mary Roberts Rinehart
Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 6 (of 20) Charles Sumner
The Jest Book Mark Lemon
Marching on Niagara Edward Stratemeyer
A Source Book in American History to 1787 Various
Miriam Monfort Catherine A. Warfield
Toaster’s Handbook Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers

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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