From be- (“about, around”) + labour. Compare bework.
belabour (third-person singular simple present belabours, present participle belabouring, simple past and past participle belaboured) (transitive) To labour about; labour over; work hard upon; ply diligently. (UK, transitive) To beat soundly; thump; beat someone. 1856: Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, Part III Chapter X, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling He saw the village; he was seen coming bending forward upon his horse, belabouring it with great blows, the girths dripping with blood. (UK, transitive) To attack someone verbally. (UK, transitive) To discuss something repeatedly; to harp on. Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us. - Inaugural speech 1961, John Fitzgerald Kennedy
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