loaded for bear


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loaded for bear

1. Angry and, as a result, usually ready to fight or argue with someone. (The phrase originated in hunting.) That new job makes him miserable—he comes home every day loaded for bear.
2. Prepared to confront or handle a particular situation. After studying all night, I'm loaded for bear—bring on the exam!
3. Drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really loaded for bear!
See also: bear, loaded

loaded for bear

 
1. Inf. angry. He left here in a rage. He was really loaded for bear. When I got home from work, I was really loaded for bear. What a horrible day!
2. Inf. drunk. (An elaboration of loaded, which means "drunk.") By the end of the party, Bill was loaded for bear. The whole gang drank for an hour until they were loaded for bear.
See also: bear, loaded

loaded for bear

Fully prepared for action; also, spoiling for a fight. For example, Bill tackled his new sales route loaded for bear, or When Martin was three hours late, his wife was loaded for bear. This term, dating from the mid-1800s, alludes to the heavy charge of powder or lead that hunters use for large animals like a bear.
See also: bear, loaded

loaded for bear

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If you are loaded for bear, you are eager to start doing something difficult or to argue with someone. The president arrived at the meeting loaded for bear. We could go charging in there with guns and bullhorns, loaded for bear. Note: Someone who is loaded for bear has weapons which are powerful enough to kill a bear, even though they may be hunting smaller animals.
See also: bear, loaded

loaded for bear

fully prepared for any eventuality, typically a confrontation or challenge. North American informal
The image here may be of a hunting gun loaded and ready to shoot a bear.
See also: bear, loaded

loaded for ˈbear

(American English) well prepared and ready to act in a determined or aggressive manner: The reporters at the press conference were loaded for bear.If you get to the finals against him you better come loaded for bear.This comes from hunting and refers to carrying the correct equipment, bullets, etc. to shoot a bear.
See also: bear, loaded

loaded for bear

1. mod. alcohol intoxicated. He’s been drinking mule since dawn, and he’s loaded for bear.
2. mod. ready for the hardest problems. I’m loaded for bear, and that’s good because this is going to be a rough day.
3. mod. very angry. I had been loaded for bear when I came into the room, and I left as meek as a lamb.
See also: bear, loaded

loaded for bear

Ready to fight, up in arms. This term, from the mid-nineteenth century, alludes to the heavy ammunition needed to kill such a large animal. Max Shulman used it in Rally round the Flag Boys! (1957), “The O’Sheel woman is coming in loaded for bear this time.”
See also: bear, loaded
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