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Talk to (someone) in a bullying way.‘she doesn't hector us about giving up things’
bully, intimidate, browbeat, cow, badger, chivvy, harass, torment, plagueView synonyms
- ‘Fair enough - if listening to him hectoring us about scarce resources and carbon emissions is what it takes to conserve the planet then it's a price worth paying.’
- ‘But commandeering my computer for an entire week in order to hector me into giving them more personal information is unconscionable.’
- ‘There's even hope for losers, four of whom hectored him to the point where he let them participate for $450 each, far below Ronnie's cost.’
- ‘These people form political groupings, accept positions in the Government or candidacies in the parties - both conceded in order to seduce us - and they hector us to take part in elections.’
- ‘He avoids moralising and hectoring his readers, going instead for strong uncomplicated identification with his leading character.’
- ‘In spite of serious differences, nations should approach their problems with the basic temper of peace and not in a threatening and hectoring mood.’
- ‘I am hectored by this stark materialist warning each time I start typing something to post when supposedly at work.’
- ‘He never used important names to get his way or hectored people on their behalf.’
- ‘Like a blustering, hectoring aunt at a family gathering, he won't be missed by most.’
- ‘Far from hectoring us about the greenhouse effect, the work evokes a kind of polluted beauty - or beauty in pollution - akin to seeing a rainbow in a pool of oil.’
- ‘Preston just hectors boring people without saying anything particularly interesting.’
- ‘It continually baffles me why anyone with such an obvious interest in weblog usability would continually hector their poor readers with the kind of interminable prose that you do.’
- ‘But the guy continued hectoring me to watch more episodes so that I might become enlightened and see the error of my ways.’
- ‘Swett also hectored Smith for voting for a Senate pay raise after promising not to do so.’
- ‘In this situation, the solution to full trains is apparently to hector people not to get on; the solution to full platforms is to stop people getting down to the platform; the solution to crowded stations is to close the station.’
- ‘I was hectored for buying into such ‘conspiracy theories.’’
- ‘Indeed, we've come a long way from the ‘responsibility era’ that Junior has been hectoring us about for the last four years.’
- ‘One can do a fair bit of damage energetically hectoring someone to speak them, but perhaps just as much damage by pretending they don't exist.’
- ‘And for this reason she hectored him knowing how difficult and balky he tended to be, especially towards her.’
- ‘You can't believe how many young people dressed up as thistles or Proust hectored you in the streets.’
Late Middle English: from the Trojan warrior Hector. Originally denoting a hero, the sense later became ‘braggart or bully’ (applied in the late 17th century to a member of a gang of London youths), hence ‘talk to in a bullying way’.
proper nounGreek Mythology
A Trojan warrior, son of Priam and Hecuba and husband of Andromache. He was killed by Achilles, who dragged his body behind his chariot three times round the walls of Troy.
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