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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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Yes, that's fine to use. It's not a very, very unusual expression.

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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!
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.

This from the Merriam Webster website. Apparently you can use this verb anywhere you would use "tolerate." The use of "tone" apparently is not necessary....

Definition of brook

  1. transitive verb
  2. : to stand for : tolerate he would brook no interference with his plans

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Examples of brook in a sentence

  1. I will not brook insults from my own employees.

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I have heard and used the phrase. It is still used in the American south and/or the Appalachians. (I'm not sure where I learned it.) Quick note on usage: I don't know if it's grammatically correct to say that a person's face brooks no argument, but it sounds a bit strange. Instead say "the look (or expression) on his face brooked no argument". Also, if you write that, it does not mean that the person won't listen to
It does not mean that the person will not listen to another opinion. It means something in the person's demeanor simply does not allow you to argue. It's like when your mom gives you the death stare.
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