bear down on


bear down on
verb
1. sail towards another vessel, of a ship (Freq. 2)
Syn: ↑bear down upon
Topics: ↑navigation, ↑pilotage, ↑piloting
Hypernyms:
Entailment: ↑sail
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

2. exert a force with a heavy weight
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The snow bore down on the roof

Hypernyms: ↑press
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s something

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ADVANCE ON, close in on, move in on, converge on.
bear

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phrasal or bear down upon
1. : to sail toward often in force or with hostile intent

an enemy frigate bearing down on the sloop

: proceed toward especially impressively, awesomely, or forcibly
2. : to give major attention to : stress

a lecture that bore down on economic causes

3. : to weigh heavily on : afflict, burden : treat in a noticeably demanding way

a tax that bore down on the poorer groups

bear down on a man whose work has fallen off

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move quickly toward someone, in a purposeful or an intimidating manner
take strict measures to deal with

a commitment to bear down on inflation

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bear down on [phrasal verb]
1 bear down on (something) : to push or lean down on (something)

The old man bore down heavily on his cane.

She bore down hard on her pencil.

2 bear down on (someone) : to place pressure on (someone)

Don't let your problems bear down too hard on you. [=don't let your problems weigh you down]

3 bear down on (someone or something) : to approach or move toward (something or someone) quickly and in a frightening or impressive way

The enemy battleship bore down on us.

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Main Entry:bear

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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