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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To intimidate or subjugate by an overbearing manner or domineering speech; bully. See Synonyms at intimidate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To depress or bear down with haughty, stern looks, or with arrogant speech and dogmatic assertions; in general, to bear down by impudence.
  • Synonyms To overbear, insult, bully, hector.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be bossy towards
  • v. discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate

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  • US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906: Railroad telegraph shorthand for "No chance for business on this basis".

    January 21, 2013

  • Browbeat "to bully" is first recorded 1581, originally "to bear down with stern or arrogant looks."
    _Online Etmology Dictionary

    February 28, 2008