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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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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 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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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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 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.

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

burden of proof, the

The obligation to support a contention by presenting adequate evidence. The term is a translation of the Latin onus probandi and was used in English courts of law from the late sixteenth century on. Transferred to any situation in which there was an obligation to prove something, it became a cliché in the nineteenth century. Attorney-novelist Scott Turow used it as the title for a popular novel involving a suicide and lawsuit (1990).
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This ambiguity burdened taxpayers that sought certainty as to the rightful recipient of the deduction before engaging in contract manufacturing arrangements and caused time-consuming exams and incongruent results for IRS agents.
Wilkinson, it remarked that "courts must take adequate account of the burdens a requested accommodation may impose on non-beneficiaries." (31) Some religious accommodations impose no burdens on third parties; others distribute the burdens "among a large and indeterminate class." (32) Exempting Hobby Lobby from the contraception coverage requirement, in contrast, would "impose significant burdens on an identifiable group of persons," namely Hobby Lobby's female employees and their dependents who do not share the company's religious beliefs, "by requiring them to pay for or forgo contraceptives that Hobby Lobby's health plan would otherwise cover." (33)
One major factor contributing to shrinking debt burdens has been low interest rates.
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With regard to the main goal of the study, it can be said that most of family caregivers suffer from moderate to high burdens (73.6%) and only 26.4% showed a mild level burden.
(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.
* Amendments to Rule 45 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure may cause potential costs and burdens to nonparties who are requested to provide electronic documents.
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You have material that has a lot of air gaps and openings so the magnet can easily reach into the burden at that point when it is suspended in the air and pull metal through it up to the magnet," he says.
"A regulation neutral on its face, in its application, nonetheless offends the constitutional requirement for governmental neutrality if it unduly burdens the flee exercise of religion," Justice Warren Burger wrote in Yoder.
However, a new report from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) documents that the federal regulatory burden is the single most important factor behind the exodus of jobs from the U.S.
Infants and children are thought to carry greater burdens of lead and many other pollutants than most adults because youngsters have different metabolic rates, have more contact with contaminated floors and ground, and are more likely to transfer harmful chemicals into their mouths.