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bring (something) to bear

1. To use pressure or force to cause a certain result. If you want a confession from that guy, you're going to have to bring pressure to bear on him.
2. To point or aim a weapon. I brought the gun to bear on the intruder and was able to scare him off.
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bring to bear

Exert, apply, as in All his efforts are brought to bear on the new problem, or The union is bringing pressure to bear on management. [Late 1600s]
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bring something to bear (on something)

1 aim (a weapon) (at something). 2 muster and use something to effect (on something).
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bring to bear

1. To exert; apply: bring pressure to bear on the student's parents.
2. To put (something) to good use: "All of one's faculties are brought to bear in an effort to become fully incorporated into the landscape" (Barry Lopez).
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With such a vast range of distinguished expertise in both our core scientific and business segments, our SAB members represent the top-tier of research, drug development and market expertise that ProNAi has brought to bear in support of developing a new class of DNAi-based drugs.
Bush has no rational choice except to move swiftly to force the dock workers back on the job and to make sure they do a full day's work while pressure is brought to bear to find an equitable solution to the contract issues.
In the critical areas of surveillance and reconnaissance, our potential collaboration with Dasa, and soon EADS, will ensure that the best capabilities of our two companies can be brought to bear to meet the needs of our customers.
To accomplish this, all necessary resources should be brought to bear by law enforcement, regulatory and investigative agencies.
This scrutiny means all our company resources must be brought to bear to assure that the NCES Program is a success.
Unless short-range RF and mesh topologies are brought to bear, M2M will continue to be contained to select vertical markets.
Utley adds: "In an era in which reaching consumers effectively is more challenging and complex every day, we are excited to have Laurel's combination of passion, creativity and craftsmanship brought to bear on Searchlight's media and promotions campaigns.
The advisory board will provide guidance and strategic direction to the WBP as it continues in its mission to serve as a bridge between scholarship and policy-making, ensuring that women's voices, health concerns and unique life experiences are brought to bear on ethical issues related to health care and biotechnology.