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.
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.
From the corner of the divan of Persian saddle-bags on which he was lying, smoking, as was his custom, innumerable cigarettes, Lord Henry Wotton could just catch the gleam of the honey-sweet and honey-coloured blossoms of a laburnum, whose tremulous branches seemed hardly able to bear the burden of a beauty so flamelike as theirs; and now and then the fantastic shadows of birds in flight flitted across the long tussore-silk curtains that were stretched in front of the huge window, producing a kind of momentary Japanese effect, and making him think of those pallid, jade-faced painters of Tokyo who, through the medium of an art that is necessarily immobile, seek to convey the sense of swiftness and motion.
My husband and I deceived one another when we married; we must bear the consequences of the deception--that is to say, bear one another, and bear the burden of scheming together for to-day's dinner and to-morrow's breakfast-- till death divorces us.
for I, a man, strong to wrestle with pain, was nightly tempted to refuse to bear the burden of a sorrow like hers.
In Austria, where many diverse united nations present so many conflicting interests to be conciliated and carried forward under one crown, two statesmen alone bear the burden of public affairs and are not overwhelmed by it.
But if you will believe me, the sea would not pollute itself by receiving such a bad person into its bosom; neither would the earth, having once got rid of him, consent to take him back; so that, between the cliff and the sea, Scinis stuck fast in the air, which was forced to bear the burden of his naughtiness.
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.
She added: "The neighboring countries to Syria and Iraq, such as Lebanon, Jordan and others bear the burden of millions of people fleeing to the border and then to Europe".
He also underlined the importance of international support to the Kingdom to help it bear the burden of hosting the large numbers of refugees, noting the US support to Jordan in various domains.