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bear down on

Definition of bear down on

  1. 1 :  to push or lean down on (something) <The old man bore down heavily on his cane.> <She bore down hard on her pencil.>

  2. 2 :  to place pressure on (someone) <Don't let your problems bear down too hard on you.>

  3. 3 :  to approach or move toward (something or someone) quickly and in a frightening or impressive way <The enemy battleship bore down on us.>



Word by Word Definitions

bearplay
  1. :  any of a family (Ursidae of the order Carnivora) of large heavy mammals of America and Eurasia that have long shaggy hair, rudimentary tails, and plantigrade feet and feed largely on fruit, plant matter, and insects as well as on flesh

    :  a surly, uncouth, burly, or shambling person

    :  one that sells securities or commodities in expectation of a price decline — compare bull

  1. :  to move while holding up and supporting (something)

    :  to be equipped or furnished with (something)

    :  behave, conduct

downplay
  1. :  toward or in a lower physical position

    :  to a lying or sitting position

    :  toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

  1. :  down along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on

  1. : :  to cause to go or come down: as

    :  bring down

    :  consume

  1. :  occupying a low position

    :  lying on the ground

    :  directed or going downward

  1. :  descent, depression

    :  an instance of putting down

    :  a complete play to advance the ball in football

  1. :  a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England

  1. :  a covering of soft fluffy feathers

    :  these feathers

    :  something soft and fluffy like down


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