bear (up)on (something)

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bear (up)on (something)

To impact or affect something or someone. How does my lateness bear upon you? You weren't here on time either! Don't worry, our lawyers have told us that this information won't bear on the merger.
See also: bear

bear (up)on something

[for information or facts] to concern something or be relevant to something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) How do those facts bear on this matter? They do not bear upon this matter at all.
See also: bear, on
References in classic literature ?
The old servitor bore upon his countenance the impression of a grief already old, the outward token of a grim familiarity with woe.
Fresh women appeared in the harems of the Elders -- women who pined and wept, and bore upon their faces the traces of an unextinguishable horror.
At times, indeed, Umslopogaas would lurk in the reeds by the river looking at the kraal of Jikiza the Unconquered, and would watch the gates of his kraal, and once as he lurked he saw a man great, broad and hairy, who bore upon his shoulder a shining axe, hafted with the horn of a rhinoceros.