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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 to bear
Exert, apply, as in All his efforts are brought to bear on the new problem, or The union is bringing pressure to bear on management. [Late 1600s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
bring something to bear (on something)1 aim (a weapon) (at something). 2 muster and use something to effect (on something).
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bring to bear
1. To exert; apply: bring pressure to bear on the student's parents.
2. To put (something) to good use: "All of one's faculties are brought to bear in an effort to become fully incorporated into the landscape" (Barry Lopez).
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