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browbeat

Verb

1 be bossy towards; "Her big brother always bullied her when she was young" [syn: strong-arm, bully, bullyrag, ballyrag, boss around, hector, push around]
2 discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate [syn: bully, swagger] [also: browbeaten]

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English

Pronunciation

  • /ˈbrɑʊ.biːt/, /"braU.bi:t/

Verb

  1. To bully in an intimidating, bossy, or supercilious way.
    Though the teacher browbeat all the children, they still acted out during the lesson.

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Translations

to bully in an intimidating way

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

badger, beat down, bludgeon, bluster, bluster out of, bounce, break, bulldoze, bully, bullyrag, castrate, clamp down on, coerce, compel, cow, daunt, demoralize, despotize, discourage, dominate, domineer, domineer over, dragoon, enslave, frighten, grind, grind down, harass, hassle, hector, henpeck, huff, intimidate, keep down, keep under, lord it over, nag, oppress, overawe, overbear, overmaster, override, press heavy on, repress, ride over, ride roughshod over, subjugate, suppress, systematically terrorize, terrorize, threaten, trample down, trample upon, tread down, tread upon, tyrannize, tyrannize over, unman, walk all over, walk over, weigh heavy on
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