browbeaten browbeaten


  1. (v) discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
  2. (v) be bossy towards


  1. And Gordon Brown, Britain's already browbeaten Prime Minister, has had the worst of it.
  2. She's an example of someone who is sort of browbeaten by this pressure.
  3. We see him as a browbeaten son, harried in his early years by an ever-critical mother.


  • 'The Bachelor' Ep. 2: This show's gone to the dogs!

    During last night's group date - on which Andi, the lawyer from Atlanta, was browbeaten into taking off all of her clothes so she could be photographed for a charity calendar, on national TV no less - my boyfriend came up with a good analogy. See, Andi wasn't comfortable with the idea of being naked in a room full of camera people and peers, which is very normal!… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to ...
    on January 15, 2014     Source: Creative Loafing Atlanta


  1. "That was designed to feed into your fears," Obama said. "What do people think I'm going to do? I'm going to answer the phone, and I'm going to find out what's going on and I wont be browbeaten into watching a war that wasn't necessary, I...
    on Mar 8, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: Bloomberg

  2. The former parliamentary private secretary to Margaret Beckett told his former constituents in an email that he wanted to see whether he would "be nodded through without questions or browbeaten into applying for jobs on a building site that I...
    on Jun 10, 2010 By: Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett Source: The Guardian

  3. "By the time employees get to vote, the environment has been so poisoned that free and fair choice isn't an option. No employee has a free choice after being browbeaten by a supervisor to oppose the unions or be told they may lose their job and...
    on Feb 28, 2007 By: John Sweeney Source: MarketWatch

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