rear

2
[ reer ]
/ rɪər /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Idioms

    rear its (ugly) head. head(def 85).

Origin of rear

2
before 900; Middle English reren, Old English rǣran to raise; cognate with Gothic -raisjan, Old Norse reisa
Related formsun·reared, adjectivewell-reared, adjective

Usage note

1. See raise.
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British Dictionary definitions for rearing (1 of 2)

rear

1
/ (rɪə) /

noun

Word Origin for rear

C17: probably abstracted from rearward or rearguard

British Dictionary definitions for rearing (2 of 2)

rear

2
/ (rɪə) /

verb

Derived Formsrearer, noun

Word Origin for rear

Old English rǣran; related to Old High German rēren to distribute, Old Norse reisa to raise
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Idioms and Phrases with rearing

rear


In addition to the idioms beginning with rear

  • rear end
  • rear its ugly head

also see:

  • bring up the rear
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