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Meaning of BROWBEAT

Pronunciation:  'braw`beet

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
  2. [v]  be bossy towards; "Her big brother always bullied her when she was young"

BROWBEAT is a 8 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: ballyrag, boss around, bully, bully, bullyrag, hector, push around, strong-arm, swagger
 See Also: blarney, cajole, coax, domineer, intimidate, inveigle, palaver, sweet-talk, tyrannise, tyrannize, wheedle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Brow"beat`\, v. t. [imp. {Browbeat}; p. p.
{Browbeaten}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Browbeating}.]
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.

      My grandfather was not a man to be browbeaten. --W.

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