Synonyms of belabour in English:


See definition of belabour


1‘Bernard was belabouring Jed with his fists’


beat, hit, strike, smack, batter, pummel, pound, buffet, rain blows on, thrash, bombard, pelt

beat up, assault, attack, set upon, set about, weigh into

North American beat up on

informal wallop, whack, clout, clobber, bop, biff, sock, deck, plug, knock about, knock around, knock into the middle of next week, beat the living daylights out of, give someone a good hiding, do over, work over, rough up, lay into, tear into, lace into, sail into, get stuck into

British informal have a go at

North American informal whale, light into

archaic smite

2‘I have been dreadfully belaboured in the London Magazine’


criticize, attack, berate, censure, condemn, denounce, denigrate, revile, castigate, pillory, flay, lambaste, savage, pull to pieces, tear to pieces, find fault with, run down, abuse

informal knock, slam, pan, bash, take apart, crucify, hammer, lay into, roast, skewer, bad-mouth

British informal slate, rubbish, slag off, monster

North American informal pummel, cut up

NZ Australian informal bag

rare excoriate



3‘there is no need to belabour the point here’


over-elaborate, labour, discuss at length, dwell on, harp on about, hammer away at, expound on, expand on

overdo, overplay, overdramatize, make too much of, place too much emphasis on

informal flog to death, drag out, make a big thing of, blow out of all proportion

North American informal do over