bear (up)on (something)

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bear (up)on (something)

To impact or affect something or someone. How does my lateness bear upon you? You weren't here on time either! Don't worry, our lawyers have told us that this information won't bear on the merger.
See also: bear

bear (up)on something

[for information or facts] to concern something or be relevant to something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) How do those facts bear on this matter? They do not bear upon this matter at all.
See also: bear, on
References in classic literature ?
No, I confess that I do not see how this bears upon the matter.
Well, I rely on the goodness and truth of my master," said Sancho; "and so, because it bears upon what we are talking about, I would ask, speaking with all reverence, whether since your worship has been shut up and, as you think, enchanted in this cage, you have felt any desire or inclination to go anywhere, as the saying is?
The reason is that as we grow in the knowledge of God's mercy, we grow, simultaneously in the knowledge of our own frailty and proclivity to sin, for His mercy bears upon our sins.
Fear is an entirely different emotion, one that bears upon an impending evil that is judged to be insurmountable.
Eggert's wide generic and historic range demonstrates the relevance of her analysis, suggesting that what she calls "the tension between historical circumstance and literary form" (20), particularly in relation to the issue of female authority during the Renaissance, is an investigation that bears upon the literary creativity of the period more generally.
Thus, if the real estate taxes on an office building in any given year exceed the real estate taxes for a "base year," the tenant typically pays to the landlord an additional rent representing his proportionate share of the increased taxes; usually calculated on the basis of that proportion of the tenant's space which bears upon the total rentable space of the building.