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Definition to keep talking about something more than is necessary — especially to overexplain

More rarely (and archaically), belabor can refer to repeatedly hitting or criticizing someone.
  • Please don't belabor the obvious.
belabor = keep talking about something more than is necessary
  • Other people have that belabored look when they play, but you can't hear it in the sound.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • 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
  • (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use belaboring.)
  • He bellowed, while he belabored Martin's back: "Well, well, well, well, well, well!
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • 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
  • "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
  • He belaboured her with reproaches, abuses.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use belabored.)
  • 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
  • Belabored by their officers, they began to move forward.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • 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
  • Again, July felt belabored by the tireless thing in Clara.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • He may hit me on the head and they may belabour me from behind.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use belabor.)
  • 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
  • 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
  • The quilt that rested across Sacha's nose and mouth shifted with her belabored breathing.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • 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
  • (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use belabored.)
  • Moody's grandfather wrote in belabored, redundant, didactic prose.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • 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
  • 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
(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use belabored.)

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