bear


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to bear: beer, brown bear

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.
See:
References in periodicals archive ?
Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne says that although his decision to seek protection for polar bears acknowledged the melting of the Arctic ice, his department was not taking a position on why the ice was melting or what to do about it.
ITEM: In an article about alcoholic beverages in the New York Times for January 14, Jonathan Miles reported: "By proposing to add polar bears to the list of 'threatened' species last month, the Bush administration seemed to finally acknowledge that global warming is taking a toll.
1) A loose bear left county officials scratching their heads as they tried to figure out where it went after the animal was sighted in Westlake Village early Thursday morning.
Today, supplies of farmed and poached bear bile exceed demand for bile used in Asian medicine, perhaps by up to 2,000 kg per year, Eastham's group reports.
Cooperation, communication, and growing support for incentive programs make the future hopeful for Teddy's bear.
The studies showed that relocated bears would either return to the original location, die in their new surroundings or become a problem in the new location.
Our city manager came across the bear at the conference and was very excited,'' said Jim Mussenden, El Monte's assistant city manager.
At the time the hunt was cancelled the Lynns were grossing $60,000 during the spring bear hunt.
Betty Krawczyk, the 72-year-old great-grandmother who was jailed last year for protesting against the logging of the Great Bear Rainforest, is more pessimistic.
The bear researchers compare the DNA of bears snagged during one trapping session with that of those snagged in later ones, and they work out estimates of the grizzly population in their test area.
Natural bear foods, such as yampa (in the carrot family), berries and white bark pine nuts were scarce.
It's about moments and it's about living each day the way a teddy bear would.
He stepped outside and saw the bear crossing Avenue T-4 into the high grass and brush on the other side, where it disappeared.
After he shut her door, he began to walk to the driver's door and came face-to-face with a 150-pound black bear.