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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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the white man's burden

offensive The belief of white European colonizers that they had a moral obligation to enforce their culture, religion, and ethics on the indigenous populations they enslaved or conquered. It's clear that the minister, a dinosaur in his belief, still holds onto the notion of the white man's burden when the topic of African and Middle Eastern refugees comes up.
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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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The present study was conducted to assess the care giver burden of dialysis patients and its consequences on the quality of life.
The relationship between caregiver burden and study variables was addressed using Pearson correlation coefficients (r).
Burden Assessment Schedule (BAS): The schedule is developed by Thara et al (1998).
Consumers in different age groups show different patterns of debt burden before and after the last recession.
Burdens, a well-known name in the utilities, infrastructure and construction sectors, has a turnover exceeding pounds 350 million with more than 1,100 employees based out of 50 distribution depots throughout the UK and overseas.
Respondents said the advent of hospitalists - which they regarded as favorable - was a potentially important way to reduce call burden.
2) Caregivers who are able to confront the challenges of caregiving are generally found to experience reduced caregiver burden and personal growth through the process of caregiving.
Thank you, my fellow disabled veterans, for helping me carry my burden.
Burden then lashed out at the officers arresting her.
The data was collected using the Zarit Burden Inventory (ZBI; Zarit, Todd, & Zarit.
5) As an added measure, Congress took the rare step of shifting the burden of proof to the accused to prove the existence of all affirmative defenses by a preponderance of the evidence.
Burden announced the appointment of Alexandros Washburn as director of Urban Design for the Department.
For one thing, parties that issue subpoenas must always be conscious of their obligation under Rule 45 to "take reasonable steps to avoid imposing undue burden or expense on a person subject to that subpoena.
TEI represents a broad cross-section of the business community, and is dedicated to developing and effectively implementing sound tax policy, to promoting the uniform and equitable enforcement of the tax laws, and to reducing the cost and burden of administration and compliance to the benefit of taxpayers and government alike.
A major aim of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) is to minimize the burden that responding to these collections imposes on the public, while maximizing their public benefit.