bring on(redirected from brought on themselves)
1. To cause something to arise or happen. In this usage, a noun can be used between "bring" and "on." This warm weather is great, but it's also brought on my allergies, unfortunately.
2. To cause something unpleasant to happen to oneself. In this usage, a noun can be used between "bring" and "on." I'm not sympathetic because he brought this on himself by mismanaging his money.
3. To make someone or something appear. Stated as part of a request. We're celebrating tonight, so bring on the champagne! Bring on the opening act!
4. To recruit or involve a person in a particular activity or group. In this usage, a person's name or pronoun can be used between "bring" and "in" or after "on." With the sudden growth my business has experienced, I think it's time to bring on a graphic designer who can make my website look more professional. Once we bring Tim on, the team will be complete.
bring someone on
1. Lit. to bring someone out onto the stage. Now, for the next act, I'm going to bring a chorus on, and I'm sure you'll love them. Bring on the clowns!
2. Fig. to arouse someone romantically or sexually. Ted sought to bring Sally on, but she was uninterested. He tried to bring on one of the guests.
bring something on someone
to cause something to go wrong for someone. You brought it on yourself. Don't complain. Max brought this problem on all of us.
bring something on
1. to cause something to happen; to cause a situation to occur. What brought this event on? What brought on this catastrophe?
2. to cause a case or an attack of a disease. What brought on your coughing fit? Something in the air brought it on.
bring something (up)on oneself
to be the cause of one's own trouble. (Upon is more formal and less commonly used than on.) It's your own fault. You brought it upon yourself. You brought it all on yourself.
1. Cause to happen, produce, as in His cold brought on an asthma attack. This usage was first recorded in John Milton's Samson Agonistes (1671): "These evils . . . I myself have brought them on." Also see bring about.
2. Cause to appear or bring into action, as in Bring on the jugglers. [Mid-1800s]
To cause something to arise: Eating ice cream too fast can bring on a headache. My child threw a terrible tantrum, but I don't know what brought it on.