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browbeat

brow·beat

browbeat

 
pronunciation:
braU bit
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: browbeat, browbeaten, browbeating, browbeats
definition: to bully or dominate by means of intimidating words or actions; domineer.
The small country refused to be browbeaten by its powerful neighbors.The coach browbeats the players into improving their performance, but it doesn't always work.She felt as if she had to browbeat her husband to get him to do anything around the house.
synonyms:
bluster, bully, domineer, hector
similar words:
bulldoze, coerce, cow, dragoon, force, henpeck, intimidate, ride, terrorize, tyrannize
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derivation: browbeater (n.)