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bear

1. n. a difficult task. This problem is a real bear.
2. n. an ugly woman. (Derogatory.) Tell the old bear to hold her tongue.
3. n. a highway patrol officer. (see also Smokey (the Bear).) There’s a bear hiding under that bridge.
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The bear and the wolf grew uneasy, and turned back and went into their holes.
There stood the bear, and he called the fox before him and said: 'Fox, you are the most cunning of all animals, you shall be general and lead us.
It is well known that there is more meat on the bear," he said.
Yet was the bear not inclined to fight, for he turned away and made off slowly over the ice.
I KNOW he is," said Zeb; "but no bear can catch him if he keeps up that gait--and the harness or the buggy don't break.
But if you remain visible the bears will see you and devour you," said a girlish young voice, that belonged to one of the children.
In passing through a narrow ravine, he heard a noise behind him, and looking round beheld, to his dismay, a grizzly bear in full pursuit, apparently attracted by the scent of the meat.
They were in search of deer, when suddenly a huge grizzly bear emerged from a thicket about thirty yards distant, rearing himself upon his hind legs with a terrific growl, and displaying a hideous array of teeth and claws.
When we came to the tree, there was Friday got out to the small end of a large branch, and the bear got about half-way to him.
In about an hour more we came to the town where we were to lodge, which we found in a terrible fright and all in arms; for, it seems, the night before the wolves and some bears had broken into the village, and put them in such terror that they were obliged to keep guard night and day, but especially in the night, to preserve their cattle, and indeed their people.
It's a very slimpsy affair altogether, that bear rug, and the old woman is sorry it came to life.
Well, she doesn't; because every one knows it isn't a real bear, but just a hollow skin, and so of no actual use in the world except for a rug," answered the Tin Woodman.
He'd count our cartridges one by one and then try to figure how long it would be before the last was ex-pended and we must either remain in the hut until we starved to death or venture forth, empty, to fill the belly of some hungry bear.
Or, again, one might seize the other round the middle, pluck him off his horse and bear him to the pavilion, there to hold him to ransom.
The poor baron bore it all as long as he could, and when he could bear it no longer lost his appetite and his spirits, and sat himself gloomily and dejectedly down.