bear (oneself)

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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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They would make such a business of it - such a coarse and common business - that I couldn't bear myself."
It was as much as I could bear myself. Sitting and calling to Pug, and trying to keep him from the flower-beds, was almost too much for me."
Ugh - I cannot bear myself. I'm enormous, starving, slow and boring - and I moan CONSTANTLY about how enormous, starving, slow and boring I am.
He added claims for his Newcastle home repres- ented a "contribution" to the cost, saying: "It doesn't represent the full cost that I bear myself." He also said he undertook many engagements in the North East, usually on a Friday when Parliament was not sitting.
But if I could go into the woods and kill a bear myself, I would wear it proudly as a trophy."
Although I never had the opportunity to meet Papa Bear myself, I still consider him one of my heroes and hold a special place in my heart for equipment that bears his name.
Nigella, 48, said: "I feel going into a shop and buying a fur coat would be an act of weakness but if I could go out into the woods and kill a bear myself, I would then wear it proudly as a trophy."