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belabor (verb) over elaborate or explain excessively (a point); to criticize.

To explain a point too elaborately or excessively even after it is understood is to belabor the point. When a speaker belabors the point they tire the audience by repeated references to the same point and its explanation. They explain the point excessively. Belabor also means to criticize somebody or something. 'He belabored the opponents of his policy as being indifferent to the nation's progress.' This means, he blamed those opposing his policy as not being interested in the nation's progress. Belaboring all his opponents, he indulged in personal abuse. This means, he made personal attacks against his opponents.

  • As the speaker went on belaboring the point that there should be a greater awareness of cancer among people, and that there was an urgent need to find a drug to cure it, the listeners felt bored, as he was explaining what was only too clear.
  • The ambassador belabored the point known to everyone that so long as the wide gap between the haves and the have-nots continued, chances of world peace were remote.
  • Harry is intolerant of opposition. He belabors everyone who differs with him as ignorant and dull.
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