One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Explain or discuss something at excessive length.
overemphasize, belabour, overstress, lay too much emphasis on, place too much emphasis on, overdo, strain, over-elaborate, overplay, attach too much importance to, attach too much weight to, make too much of, exaggerate, dwell on, harp on, harp on about, expound on, expandView synonyms
- ‘In these books she laboured the point tenaciously that women were superior in all things.’
- ‘It was simply that the play rather laboured the point at times and was, in truth, simply too long.’
- ‘I made this choice because the charts labored the point and didn't add anything to the book's content.’
- ‘In my own writings, I have always laboured the point that beer can be used in many different ways: as a marinade, in braising, sauces, batters, doughs, and so forth.’
- ‘Without laboring the point too much, your duties as a responsible tourist continue after you have returned home.’
- ‘It would be labouring the point, perhaps, to point out that most towns have at least one small gallery.’
- ‘This labours the point, and I apologise for doing so, but none offer an alternative to our current position.’
- ‘At the risk of laboring the point, we believe, high morale is the cornerstone of any successful organization.’
- ‘If I am labouring the point it is for a reason.’
- ‘The council labours the point that the benchmark return for a company is the ‘risk-free’ return shareholders could earn on their investment.’
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