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

Barack Obama’s Cairo Speech, and His Israel Problem Marty Peretz February 24, 2013
How Kids Really Choose a School Steve Cohen June 25, 2009
Fire the Mideast Policy Team! Leslie H. Gelb July 6, 2010
Ex-Komen Official Karen Handel Attacks Planned Parenthood ‘Thugs’ in New Book Abigail Pesta September 4, 2012

Historical Examples

In the Brooding Wild Ridgwell Cullum
The White Desert Courtney Ryley Cooper
The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
Roy Blakeley’s Camp on Wheels Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Give Me Liberty Thomas J. Wertenbaker
The Madigans Miriam Michelson

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

[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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