bear the burden (of something)

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bear the burden (of something)

To endure something distressing, painful, stressful, or emotionally or physically taxing, especially for the sake of others. Our mother bore the burden of this farm for 53 years until the day she died. My partner quit his job to stay home with the baby, so I have to bear the burden of earning enough to pay the mortgage.
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but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle.
The States, to whose lot it might fall to support the necessary establishments, would be as little able as willing, for a considerable time to come, to bear the burden of competent provisions.
For these occasions he kept a few bottles of beer under the bed, and one of these and a pipe would help him to bear the burden of life.
in what a monstrous moment of pride and passion he had prayed that the portrait should bear the burden of his days, and he keep the unsullied splendour of eternal youth
To proceed; you must know that though the uncle put before his niece and described to her the qualities of each one in particular of the many who had asked her in marriage, begging her to marry and make a choice according to her own taste, she never gave any other answer than that she had no desire to marry just yet, and that being so young she did not think herself fit to bear the burden of matrimony.
Wandering among the scenes of my boyhood, I can consider with myself how I may best bear the burden of the life that lies before me.
We will recoup ourselves by the levy of a general rate; for private individuals cannot be expected to bear the burden of such a handsome present.
I rejoiced that I should leave neither wife nor child to bear the burden of my shame throughout their lives.
Chaudhry further said that the economy would bear the burden of political turmoil and that the political party does not wish for the people to endure the period.
TAP) -- The employees can by no means bear the burden of the deterioration of public finances and the increase of the VAT, the Tunisian Workers' Union (French: UTT) denounced on Monday in a press release, a copy of which was received by TAP.
Professor Reka believes that the new Government shouldn't bear the burden of this project because it didn't support or create it.
Superfund cleanups are vital to ensuring communities don't have to bear the burden of legacy contamination," said Acting Regional Administrator Sam Coleman.
We demand effective and serious work that will help Lebanon bear the burden of the presence of Syrian brothers as refugees until they return home," he said.
We strongly believe our members are not the problem and should not have to bear the burden of additional regulations," the group said in its blog.
In his first major speech as shadow chancellor, the veteran left-winger accused Conservatives of trying to make middleearners and the poor bear the burden of eliminating Britain's deficit, while protecting the richest from the consequences of the economic crisis.