- to beat severely; thrash
- to attack verbally; criticize harshly
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- to explain or worry abouttoo much: Why did he keep belaboring that obvious point?
- to beat;
- 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.
- [Obs.]to labor at.
- be- + labor 1590–1600