bring something to bear

bring (something) to bear

1. To use pressure or force to cause a certain result. If you want a confession from that guy, you're going to have to bring pressure to bear on him.
2. To point or aim a weapon. I brought the gun to bear on the intruder and was able to scare him off.
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bring something to bear (on something)

1 aim (a weapon) (at something). 2 muster and use something to effect (on something).
See also: bear, bring, something
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If you knock on the door and bring something to bear that positively affects the lives of Atlantans, then the doors will be opened.
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