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bear

1. Something, often a task, that presents a challenge or a problem. I thought this project would be pretty straightforward, but it's become a real bear. That couch was a bear to move upstairs.
2. slang A highway patrol officer. Possibly a reference to Smokey the Bear, a cartoon character who wears a hat similar to those sometimes worn by the highway patrol. Some bear's gonna pull you over if you keep speeding like that!
3. slang An unattractive woman. She's a total bear, why would I flirt with her?
4. slang A gay man with a hairy, stout body. You know I like bears, so why do you keep setting me up with these skinny pretty boys?

bear (oneself)

To behave in a particular way. I need to bear myself bravely if I want to overcome this fear. I know you guys aren't thrilled about going to Great-Aunt Mildred's, but please try to bear yourselves politely.
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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.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
Caswall went on, how did Lilla take it--how did she bear herself?"
From her father's example and injunctions, Rebecca had learnt to bear herself courteously towards all who approached her.
Lawson spoke on The One Show on BBC1, where she stated that buying a fur coat would be "an act of weakness", though she would not mind wearing one if she killed the bear herself.
It is perilously inviting to parody Dream Wheels, to turn it into a corny send-up of all the cliches of Native fiction, as the Dream Wheels of the pickup shade into the Medicine Wheels of the First Nations, and Victoria's invented-on-the-spot stories of old-time people shade into Joe Willie's vision of a bear and even into the bear herself. But wisdom is more difficult to portray than foolishness, virtue more difficult than vice, and healing, that most elusive and necessary of properties, more difficult than wounding.
During a whirlwind adventure, she discovers her abilities to not only communicate with the bears controlled by the evil priests of Lord Ursus but to transform into a bear herself. And she ultimately learns that she is Demoiselle Cerelune Cindertallow, kidnapped as a child by the man she thinks of as her father, an uncommon thief.