verb (intr, adverb; often foll by on or upon)
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Words nearby bear down
Idioms and Phrases with bear down
Press or weigh down on someone or something. For example, This pen doesn't write unless you bear down hard on it. [Late 1600s]
Try hard, intensify one's efforts, as in If you'll just bear down, you'll pass the test.
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]