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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References in classic literature ?
`Or would you know,' pursued the Ghost, `the weight and length of the strong coil you bear yourself? It was full as heavy and as long as this, seven Christmas Eves ago.
The AED 10,000 difference represents the cost of the deductible that the policy requires you to bear yourself.
Only by becoming part bear yourself can you be consistently successful at spot-and-stalk hunting.
You don't get paid any travel, any waiting time, any preparation, so all of those costs you have to bear yourself.
The principle, again, must be that in a movement for social justice, you cannot accept a compromise that asks others to bear a pain that you wouldn't bear yourself. The Abolitionists knew that any compromise would only extend the horror of slavery.