"to brook no argument"?

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Anonymous:
I found this phrase in my Oxford dictionary. It was used in the sentence: "His voice brooks no argument" and means (according to the same dictionary) that judging by the person's voice, he won't tolerate any arguments.

I've asked several people and no one had heard it before.

I was wondering if it is ok to use the phrase in creative writing (I'm writing a story in which I want to use it).

Thank you for help.
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It would normally be something like "the tone of his voice brooks no argument" or "his bellow brooks ...." If you just say "his voice brooks no argument", you're asking the reader to fill in the blanks and surmise what sort of voice it is. Still, "brook no argument/delay/defiance/etc." is plain English of a quite literary kind.

Please don't keep the name of your dictionary a secret. I would like to verify that what you report is correct. I find it hard to believe that it wasn't actually "the tone of his voice ...".
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Anonymous:
Thank you for your response.

The dictionary is a multimedia Oxford dictionary on a CD which I got from a friend of mine. I'll try to find the original CD and will hopefully be able to give you more information.

I was going to use the same verb to say that someone's face "brooks no argument" - in other words - judging by their face expression, they won't listen to any other opinion. I'd like to use it to describe the person's character, not their behaviour in that particular situation. I can't think of any other way of saying it.

Anyway, thank you for your help!
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