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bear the burden (of something)

To endure something distressing, painful, stressful, or emotionally or physically taxing, especially for the sake of others. Our mother bore the burden of this farm for 53 years until the day she died. My partner quit his job to stay home with the baby, so I have to bear the burden of earning enough to pay the mortgage.
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burden of proof

The requirement and obligation of providing sound, reasonable evidence supporting a charge or allegation. Originating and used primarily in law, it can be applied more broadly to any situation in which a contentious dispute arises. In court, the burden of proof always rests on the plaintiffs and the prosecutors. The burden of proof is on you to show that the computer was broken before you bought it.
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beast of burden

A domesticated animal used by humans to carry or pull heavy loads. Camels have been used by people as beasts of burden for thousands of years because of their size, strength, and ability to travel long distances with minimal need for food and water.
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burden (someone) with (something)

To share something distressing or troublesome with another person. I'm sorry to burden you with my problems, but I could really use some advice here. Don't burden her with that information now—wait until she's done with her exams.
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burden someone or something with someone or something

to bother or weigh down someone or something with someone or something. Please don't burden us with the bad news at this time. I don't want to burden the school with a troublesome child.
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burden someone with something

to give unpleasant information to someone; to give someone some bad news. I hate to burden you with this, but your cat ran away. I wish I had not been burdened with all the facts.
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burden of proof

Obligation of proving a disputed charge or allegation. For example, Are you sure you mailed the tax return on time? The burden of proof's on you. A legal term dating from the late 1500s, it has also been used more loosely in recent times.
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the white man's burden

the task, believed by white colonizers to be incumbent upon them, of imposing Western civilization on the black inhabitants of European colonies. dated
The white man's burden comes from Rudyard Kipling's poem of that title ( 1899 ), originally referring specifically to the United States' role in the Philippines.
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Cancers were the largest contributor of fatal burden in 2010, accounting for 35% of the total, while cardiovascular diseases accounted for a further 23%,' Dr Moon said.
Burden also owned 25 percent of Regions Development Group, a commercial real estate development firm formed in 2005.
Eventually he did reach his father's advisor, where he secured his own burden and started home with it on his shoulders.
Burden, now 17, was on bail at the time of the attacks.
Code, however, stops after shifting the burden to the criminal defendant to prove consent by a preponderance of the evidence.
Prior to the crisis in 2007, there have been more consumers who had their debt burden increasing than those with decreasing burdens year to year.
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Construction industry supplier WT Burdens, a family and employee owned business, has refinanced its funding capital.
When physicians were asked to choose between reduced call burden or payment, 58% of those surveyed said it was more important to reduce call burden.
Burden dedicated his win to his coach Joanne Deakins, of City of Coventry Swimming Club, who is due to give birth next week.
Many Institute members work at tax departments that are responsible for tiling tax returns on behalf of hundreds of legal entities, and they know first hand the administrative burden required in implementing and complying with new reporting requirements.
Responding to Mayor Bloomberg's keen interest in design excellence, Alex's oversight will be of critical importance as we examine major initiatives citywide, including Coney Island, Moynihan Station, Queens West South and the Eastern and Western Rail Yards on Manhattan's West Side," added Burden.
For another thing, parties that issue subpoenas should be aware that courts are much more willing to shift the costs of production from the responding party to the requesting party in cases where the requesting party has not sufficiently protected the producing party from "undue burden or expense.
After 2 years of slight declines, OMB reports that paperwork burden grew in fiscal year 2005 and is expected to increase further in fiscal year 2006.
The main goal of streamlined sales tax (SST) is to simplify sales and use tax collection and administration in such a way that compliance with multiple state sales and use tax regimes will not create an undue burden on interstate commerce.