belabor belabor  /bɪ ˈleɪ bər/


  1. (v) to work at or to absurd length
  2. (v) attack verbally with harsh criticism
  3. (v) beat soundly



  1. The committee belaboured so much on the minutes of the previous meeting that some members fell asleep.
  2. Let us not belabor the obvious; in email attachments, there is no such thing as an original forward.
  3. There was no point in belaboring the correctness of Justin's actions; the angry crowd would not hear his brother even for a minute.



  1. "Officiating has to be a science, not an art," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "If I sit here and belabor this it's not going to be good for our league. It's one of those times where it's really an unfortunate thing."
    on May 9, 2009 By: Rick Carlisle Source: Washington Post

  2. LaRussa added the setback was "a big negative. It is what it is but you can't belabor it because it's not good for the club."
    on Jul 7, 2010 By: Tony La Russa Source: Belleville News Democrat

  3. "The TARP isn't working the way it was supposed to do," says former ten-term Republican Congressman Bill Frenzel, now at the Brookings Institution. "Congress needs to help rather than belabor the Treasury Secretary with that."
    on Dec 15, 2008 By: Bill Frenzel Source: CNBC

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/ˈlæŋɡ wɪʃ /