Definition of browbeat in English:



  • Intimidate (someone), typically into doing something, with stern or abusive words.

    ‘a witness is being browbeaten under cross-examination’
    • ‘I talk to very tough people, I don't browbeat children or old women, I browbeat people who can take it.’
    • ‘Don't let politicians or the media browbeat you, intimidate you or lie about you.’
    • ‘Finally, Reno began to visit Ms. Furster on a regular basis and browbeat her with accusations and promises of a life sentence unless she cooperated (that is, told the jury what Reno wanted her to say).’
    • ‘Now, instead of browbeating his chosen boys into submission, he let them do whatever they wanted.’
    • ‘Their comments came as the new Lord Chief Justice warned ministers not to browbeat judges over how anti-terror laws and other legislation should be applied.’
    • ‘They're condemning and browbeating anyone who questions any of this, branding dissenters as unpatriotic and treasonous.’
    • ‘It seems that they are cracking down on just about any kind of protest lately, trying to browbeat anyone that doesn't agree with them.’
    • ‘The people at Scottish Racing do not seem to be browbeating ministers, civil servants and enterprise companies, so I will do it for them.’
    • ‘Earlier this week the Ministry tried to browbeat the teachers into compliance by instructing principals to send round a memo ‘requiring’ staff to perform all their duties.’
    • ‘Instead, they browbeat her, repeatedly cut her off in mid-answer, accused her of ‘filibustering’ and said she was lying…’
    • ‘As I was saying, if our mothers can't browbeat us into getting married, what hope has a faceless government bureaucracy?’
    • ‘There, barring a few bad eggs whom you rarely get to hear about, most students are interested in education rather than browbeating other students.’
    • ‘Vote your conscience even if other jurors browbeat you.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, departmental inquiries inevitably favor the offenders and browbeat women into abandoning their complaints, say social workers.’
    • ‘He impressed me then, as he does now, as someone who prefers to browbeat opponents rather than reason with them.’
    • ‘And, to believe that ‘fighting back’ consists of browbeating our elected politicians into standing up and denouncing Republican badness and wrongness is infantile.’
    • ‘He said: ‘I definitely did not browbeat her, it was a misunderstanding of my sense of humour.’’
    • ‘I knew that if I didn't say no straight away he would browbeat me into saying yes, or make me feel so guilty that I'd be practically begging him to stay.’
    • ‘British television screens are once more hosting the talking heads - patronising, confident and ultra-informed - that have so often browbeaten us into following them along the path to social catastrophe.’
    • ‘His was a strict Presbyterian Scottish background, and his father just browbeat him to get him to work so he'd get into university.’
    bully, hector, intimidate, force, coerce, compel, badger, dragoon, cow, bludgeon, persecute, domineer, oppress, pressure, pressurize, tyrannize, terrorize, menace, subjugate, use strong-arm tactics on
    harass, harry, hound, nag, goad, boss about, boss around
    bulldoze, railroad, lean on
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