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Princeton's WordNet

  1. strong-arm, bully, browbeat, bullyrag, ballyrag, boss around, hector, push aroundverb

    be bossy towards

    "Her big brother always bullied her when she was young"

  2. browbeat, bully, swaggerverb

    discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate


  1. browbeatverb

    To bully in an intimidating, bossy, or supercilious way.

    Though the teacher browbeat all the children, they still acted out during the lesson.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Browbeatverb

    To depress with severe brows, and stern or lofty looks.

    Etymology: from brow and beat.

    It is not for a magistrate to frown upon, and browbeat those who are hearty and exact in their ministry; and, with a grave, insignificant nod, to call a resolved zeal, want of prudence. South.

    What man will voluntarily expose himself to the imperious browbeatings and scorns of great men? Roger L'Estrange.

    Count Tariff endeavoured to browbeat the plaintiff, while he was speaking; but though he was not so imprudent as the count, he was every whit as sturdy. Addison.

    I will not be browbeaten by the supercilious looks of my adversaries, who now stand cheek by jowl by your worship. Scriblerus Club , Mart. Scriblerus.


  1. browbeat

    Browbeat refers to the act of intimidating or bullying someone, typically into doing something, through stern looks or words. It involves pressuring or coercively influencing someone using aggressive or overpowering tactics.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Browbeat

    of Browbeat

  2. Browbeatverb

    to depress or bear down with haughty, stern looks, or with arrogant speech and dogmatic assertions; to abash or disconcert by impudent or abusive words or looks; to bully; as, to browbeat witnesses

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of browbeat in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of browbeat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of browbeat in a Sentence

  1. Bob Corker:

    To browbeat somebody for just having a question or speak down to someone because they have a concern. To say that they're irrational or they don't understand who we are as a nation, or something like that. Yeah, it doesn't help. It hurts, what would help, and I think this was a universal message in the meeting we just had -- on both sides of the aisle, I might add -- is that someone needs to explain clearly to the American people the processes we go through before we admit refugees.

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