bring (someone or oneself) to (do something)

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bring (someone or oneself) to (do something)

1. To cause or inspire someone to take a particular action. A desire to help my community brought me to volunteer at the local soup kitchen. Your mother and I just cannot fathom what would bring you to disrespect us like that.
2. To muster the courage or resolve to do something, typically something unpleasant or frightening. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used after "bring." I'm sorry, I just can't bring myself to eat snails.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

bring someone to

to help someone return to consciousness. We worked to bring him to before he went into shock. He was finally brought to by the smelling salts.
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bring someone to do something

to cause someone to do something; to encourage someone to do something. What brought you to do this? I was brought to do this by a guilty conscience.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

bring to

1. Restore to consciousness, as in I'll see if these smelling salts will bring her to. Also see bring around, def. 2.
2. Cause a vessel to stop by heading into the wind or some other means. For example, As they neared the anchorage, they brought the boat to. This usage was first recorded in 1753.
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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 to

v.
1. To cause a ship to turn toward the wind or come to a stop: Some lines were dragging overboard, so we brought the ship to and hauled them in again.
2. To cause someone to recover consciousness: I fainted, but the smelling salts brought me to right away.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
This man, who might have brought us to the king in three days, led us out of the way through horrid deserts destitute of water, or where what we found was so foul, nauseous, and offensive, that it excited a loathing and aversion which nothing but extreme necessity could have overcome.
what they have brought us to!" Kutuzov suddenly cried in an agitated voice, evidently picturing vividly to himself from Prince Andrew's story the condition Russia was in.
And above all," thought Prince Andrew, "one believes in him because he's Russian, despite the novel by Genlis and the French proverbs, and because his voice shook when he said: 'What they have brought us to!' and had a sob in it when he said he would 'make them eat horseflesh!'"
A few minutes brought us to a large and busy bazaar, with the localities of which the stranger appeared well acquainted, and where his original demeanor again became apparent, as he forced his way to and fro, without aim, among the host of buyers and sellers.
The stranger paused, and, for a moment, seemed lost in thought; then, with every mark of agitation, pursued rapidly a route which brought us to the verge of the city, amid regions very different from those we had hitherto traversed.
'Why, for what,' said the gentleman in a kinder tone, 'for what purpose can you have brought us to this strange place?
In the end a long and heavy cart-track brought us to the loneliest light that I have ever seen.
Five days of pushing the wagon by day and freezing by night brought us to the bad part of the journey--the Forty Mile Desert, or the Great American Desert, if you please.
Fifteen days of hardship and fatigue brought us to the end of the two hundred miles, and the Judge had not complained.
Summary: One day every year is not enough to show our appreciation towards the people who are the ones that actually brought us to life
One Gnawa standard testifies to the enslaved Africans' enduring sadness and resilience:"They brought us from the Sudan." "The nobles of this country brought us." "They brought us to serve them.
'The Road': The roads we have taken/the choices we have made/have brought us to where/we are today.//We're sure of the now/we fear the unknown/we often wonder-/what do we really know?/We don't have enough/we're always wanting more/were we ever really/very happy before?//It's all so unclear/What is right?/What is wrong?/Sometimes it seems/we're just wandering along.
Michael Sherman understood our needs and brought us to the right lender, HSH Nordbank AG to complete the transaction.
Constitution is open to interpretation is part of the influence that brought us to the advanced stage of chaos in this country.
DAVID ASHFORTH examined the events that have brought us to the brink of industry SPs (November 30).