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Please don’t belabor the obvious.
  to keep talking about something more than is necessary
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  • Please don’t belabor the obvious.
  • "Run!" shouted another, belaboring the obvious.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • The quilt that rested across Sacha’s nose and mouth shifted with her belabored breathing.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • It’s ridiculous that a science writer for a major newspaper would feel compelled to belabor a fact so obvious."
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • Legree was provoked beyond measure by Tom’s evident happiness; and riding up to him, belabored him over his head and shoulders.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Other people have that belabored look when they play, but you can’t hear it in the sound.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • The long beam continued to belabor the door, at regular intervals, like the clapper of a bell, the stones to rain down, the door to groan.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Nothing else until the moment when, through a rift in the clouds, I saw the daring captain clinging to one of the animal’s fins, fighting the monster at close quarters, belaboring his enemy’s belly with stabs of the dagger yet unable to deliver the deciding thrust, in other words, a direct hit to the heart.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • They cried out to their respective households, belabored and slew people round about, and went entirely mad.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Again, July felt belabored by the tireless thing in Clara.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove

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  • Moody’s grandfather wrote in belabored, redundant, didactic prose.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You
  • Tiagunova seemed to be chasing Ogryzkova, perhaps belaboring her with her fists whenever she caught up with her.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Reich read the ancient spidery cursive slowly: To those who come after me: The test of intellect is the refusal to belabor the obvious.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • But Rieux was thinking of Cottard, and the dull thud of fists belaboring the wretched man’s face haunted him as he went to visit his old asthma patient.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • A little orchestra in red jackets was playing under the direction of a Czech or Hungarian violinist, who stood apart from the rest among the dancing couples, belaboring his instrument with ardent writhings of his body.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Gould, in 1867, belabored the editions of 1854 and 1866,[12] and complained that "for the past twenty-five years the Websterian replies have uniformly been bitter in tone, and very free in the imputation of personal motives, or interested or improper motives, on the part of opposing critics."
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • He bellowed, while he belabored Martin’s back: "Well, well, well, well, well, well! Old Mart! Why, you old son of a gun! Why, you old son of a gun! Why, you damn’ old chickenthief! Say you skinny little runt, I’m a son of a gun if you look one day older’n when I saw you last in Zenith!" Martin was aware of the bright leering of the once humble reception-clerk.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • We sit as though in a boiler that is being belaboured from without on all sides.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The dancers were going faster and faster, and the musicians, to keep up with them, belaboured their instruments like jockeys lashing their mounts on the home-stretch; yet it seemed to the young man at the window that the reel would never end.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • Neither of them possessed energy or wit to belabour me soundly, but they insulted me as coarsely as they could in their little way: especially Celine, who even waxed rather brilliant on my personal defects — deformities she termed them.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • With this talk and more of the same kind they reached the village just as night was beginning to fall, but the peasant waited until it was a little later that the belaboured gentleman might not be seen riding in such a miserable trim.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • He did not wait to see his orders carried out: he knew that he could trust these soldiers—who were still smarting under his rebuke—not to mince matters, when given a free hand to belabour a third party.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Between them they belaboured the boy right soundly, and then gave the girls and their mother a beating for showing sympathy for the victim.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • He saw the village; he was seen coming bending forward upon his horse, belabouring it with great blows, the girths dripping with blood.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Even Tirian’s heart grew lighter as he walked ahead of them, humming an old Narnian marching song which had the refrain: Ho, rumble, rumble, rumble, Rumble drum belaboured.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • Jones presently leapt from his bed, where he found the master of the puppet-show belabouring the back and ribs of his poor Merry-Andrew, without either mercy or moderation.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Well, William Dobbin had for once forgotten the world, and was away with Sindbad the Sailor in the Valley of Diamonds, or with Prince Ahmed and the Fairy Peribanou in that delightful cavern where the Prince found her, and whither we should all like to make a tour; when shrill cries, as of a little fellow weeping, woke up his pleasant reverie; and looking up, he saw Cuff before him, belabouring a little boy.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • He may hit me on the head and they may belabour me from behind.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • He belaboured her with reproaches, abuses.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • Belabored by their officers, they began to move forward.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • …placed Russians it seemed rather disgraceful to fight with a cudgel and they wanted to assume a pose en quarte or en tierce according to all the rules, and to make an adroit thrust en prime, and so on—the cudgel of the people’s war was lifted with all its menacing and majestic strength, and without consulting anyone’s tastes or rules and regardless of anything else, it rose and fell with stupid simplicity, but consistently, and belabored the French till the whole invasion had perished.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Whereupon Dick was supposed to seize the steering wheel, while Perry, wielding his hand-kerchief-wrapped rock, belabored the salesman’s head-"opened it up.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Belabored by the ox-goad of Lykourgos, killer that he was, they all flung down their ivy-staves, while terrified Dionysos plunged under a sea-surge.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • "I do not mean to belabor this point of language, your honor," I continued, "but I would like to cite a precedent case for the benefit of the court.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • I know it by experience, for out of some I came blanketed, and out of others belaboured.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Sancho rose, and with the rage he felt at finding himself so belaboured without deserving it, ran to take vengeance on the goatherd, accusing him of not giving them warning that this man was at times taken with a mad fit, for if they had known it they would have been on their guard to protect themselves.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • We sallied forth together, we took the road together, we wandered abroad together; we have had the same fortune and the same luck; if they blanketed thee once, they belaboured me a hundred times, and that is the only advantage I have of thee.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Sancho was left crushed, Don Quixote scared, Dapple belaboured and Rocinante in no very sound condition.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • One of the muleteers in attendance, who could not have had much good nature in him, hearing the poor prostrate man blustering in this style, was unable to refrain from giving him an answer on his ribs; and coming up to him he seized his lance, and having broken it in pieces, with one of them he began so to belabour our Don Quixote that, notwithstanding and in spite of his armour, he milled him like a measure of wheat.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • I do not mean to say, nor does it enter into my thoughts, that the knight-errant’s calling is as good as that of the monk in his cell; I would merely infer from what I endure myself that it is beyond a doubt a more laborious and a more belaboured one, a hungrier and thirstier, a wretcheder, raggeder, and lousier; for there is no reason to doubt that the knights-errant of yore endured much hardship in the course of their lives.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • …who had no idea of a joke and did not understand all this about battles and spoils, seeing that Don Quixote was some distance off talking to the travellers in the coach, fell upon Sancho, knocked him down, and leaving hardly a hair in his beard, belaboured him with kicks and left him stretched breathless and senseless on the ground; and without any more delay helped the friar to mount, who, trembling, terrified, and pale, as soon as he found himself in the saddle, spurred after his…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • …a briskish little trot and hastened to make known his wishes to them; they, however, it seemed, preferred their pasture to him, and received him with their heels and teeth to such effect that they soon broke his girths and left him naked without a saddle to cover him; but what must have been worse to him was that the carriers, seeing the violence he was offering to their mares, came running up armed with stakes, and so belaboured him that they brought him sorely battered to the ground.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • …pommelled the barber; Don Luis gave one of his servants, who ventured to catch him by the arm to keep him from escaping, a cuff that bathed his teeth in blood; the Judge took his part; Don Fernando had got one of the officers down and was belabouring him heartily; the landlord raised his voice again calling for help for the Holy Brotherhood; so that the whole inn was nothing but cries, shouts, shrieks, confusion, terror, dismay, mishaps, sword-cuts, fisticuffs, cudgellings, kicks,…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • To confess the truth, I am afraid Mr Jones was one of these; for though he was attacked and violently belaboured with the aforesaid weapon, he could not be provoked to make any resistance; but in a most cowardly manner applied, with many entreaties, to his antagonist to desist from pursuing her blows; in plain English, he only begged her with the utmost earnestness to hear him; but before he could obtain his request, my landlord himself entered into the fray, and embraced that side of…
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Finding himself fast, then, and that the ladies had retired, he began to fancy that all this was done by enchantment, as on the former occasion when in that same castle that enchanted Moor of a carrier had belaboured him; and he cursed in his heart his own want of sense and judgment in venturing to enter the castle again, after having come off so badly the first time; it being a settled point with knights-errant that when they have tried an adventure, and have not succeeded in it, it…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Ah, when one looks at our young people, Prince, one would like to take Peter the Great’s old cudgel out of the museum and belabor them in the Russian way till all the nonsense jumps out of them."
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Nature sent me into the world to be hers and no other’s; Altisidora may weep or sing, the lady for whose sake they belaboured me in the castle of the enchanted Moor may give way to despair, but I must be Dulcinea’s, boiled or roast, pure, courteous, and chaste, in spite of all the magic-working powers on earth."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • …take place, as we are not ill-matched either in the gifts of fortune or of nature; for to tell the truth, senor governor, my son is possessed of a devil, and there is not a day but the evil spirits torment him three or four times; and from having once fallen into the fire, he has his face puckered up like a piece of parchment, and his eyes watery and always running; but he has the disposition of an angel, and if it was not for belabouring and pummelling himself he’d be a saint."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
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