belabours, belabouring, belaboured
(in AM, use belabor)
1) VERB If you belabour someone or something, you hit them hard and repeatedly. [OLD-FASHIONED]

[V n] Men began to belabour his shoulders, his head, his arms with sticks.

2) VERB If you say that someone belabours the point, you mean that they keep on talking about it, perhaps in an annoying or boring way.

[V n] I'll come back to this set of issues, so I will not belabor the point here.


English dictionary. 2008.

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