bear down


verb (intr, adverb; often foll by on or upon)

to press or weigh down
to approach in a determined or threatening manner
(of a vessel) to make an approach (to another vessel, obstacle, etc) from windward
(of a woman during childbirth) to exert a voluntary muscular pressure to assist delivery

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Idioms and Phrases with bear down

bear down

1

Press or weigh down on someone or something. For example, This pen doesn't write unless you bear down hard on it. [Late 1600s]

2

Try hard, intensify one's efforts, as in If you'll just bear down, you'll pass the test.

3

Move forward in a pressing or threatening way, as in The ferry bore down on our little skiff. This usage was originally nautical. [Early 1700s]

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