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to explain, worry about, or work at (something) repeatedly or more than is necessary:
He kept belaboring the point long after we had agreed.
to assail persistently, as with scorn or ridicule:
a book that belabors the provincialism of his contemporaries.
to beat vigorously; ply with heavy blows.
Obsolete. to labor at.
Historical Examples

Blue Lights R.M. Ballantyne
Macaria Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCLXXVI. February, 1847. Vol. LXI. Various
Penshurst Castle Emma Marshall
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 68, No. 417, July, 1850 Various
Scribner’s Magazine, Volume 26, July 1899 Various
The Pilots of Pomona Robert Leighton
The Mantle and Other Stories Nicholas Gogol
Boscobel: or, the royal oak William Harrison Ainsworth
White Nights and Other Stories Fyodor Dostoevsky

verb (transitive)
to beat severely; thrash
to attack verbally; criticize harshly
an obsolete word for labour


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