beat (something) to death

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beat (something) to death

To linger over or discuss something so long and to such a tedious and laborious extent that the subject is no longer of any interest or relevance. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I think we should move on to another topic before we beat this one to death. The film's rhetorical message has been beaten to death by everyone you talk to.
See also: beat, death
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His friend nodded again, with a cunning look which seemed to hint that Mr Brass held stronger opinions on the subject than his sister; and seeming to recollect herself, added imploringly, 'But don't you ever tell upon me, or I shall be beat to death.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised on Sunday to fight what he termed domestic terrorism after authorities said young thugs beat to death a man who was strolling along a Mediterranean beach with his family.
Kerr refrains from eating pork and shellfish, does not eat meat and have dairy products in the same meal, does not wear mixed fabrics (no polyester and cotton), keeps his wife (if he has one) silent and at the back of the church, feels free to beat to death his children (if he has any) if they are disobedient, is kind to his slaves (if he has any) and stones persons of a religious conviction other than his own if he thinks God disagrees with them.
VENTURA - A man who helped beat to death a homeless man was sentenced to at least 15 years in state prison for his role.
The verdict by a jury of nine women and three men represented a middle ground between prosecution claims that Junta lost control and brutally beat to death a mostly unresisting Costin and the defence position that Junta was a gentle giant who was only defending himself from attacks by an enraged Costin.
LANCASTER - A 17-year-old Lake Los Angeles youth pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he beat to death his girlfriend's year-old son while she was at school.
We got beat to death by these guys last year,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
Woods, Raines and Newton were permitted to brutally beat to death Christopher O'Leary.
Wednesday and arrested on suspicion of using a baseball bat to beat to death her husband, Robert, 40, at their Sylmar condominium on Nov.