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bear down (on someone or something)

to press down on someone or something. Bear down on the pen. You have to make a lot of copies. Don't bear down too hard or you'll break it.
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bear down (on somebody/something)

1. to use all your effort to do something Our students will have to bear down if they want to pass their exams.
2. to push or press on something When washing your car, try not to bear down too hard or you'll take off the paint.
3. to move toward someone or something in a threatening way Another storm is bearing down on northern California. The car gathered speed and bore down on him, so he jumped into the ditch.
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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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bear down

1. To press or push down heavily on someone or something: To knead this dough you have to bear down on it with both hands. I grabbed the corners of the blanket and bore down hard to stop the wind from blowing it away.
2. To apply maximum effort and concentration: Now that the games are over, I can really bear down on my studies. To finish this job you'll need to bear down and work very hard.
3. To advance upon someone or something in a threatening manner: As soon as I had control of the soccer ball, I saw the tackle bearing down on me. The storm bore down and ravaged the island.
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He and his supporters are about to learn that the Soviet army that stormed into Afghanistan in the 1980s was a crude force compared to the controlled violence about to bear down upon them.
I make sure every time I get a chance, I bear down and make sure to get a shot on net.
Brown has a tendency to bear down with runners on base, particularly when they're in scoring position.
You've got to bear down when you play Fullerton,'' said coach Mike Batesole.
Thompson, who was aided by a 4-0 lead entering the sixth, said, ``Every time I get some runs early, I don't know how many total I'm going to get so I just tell myself I have to bear down.
The Lancers (27-4) had runners in scoring position three times, but Farnworth - who scattered seven hits and struck out six - was able to bear down when she had to.
Fran, heading northwest, was expected to bear down on Raleigh, N.