cross to bear

noun phrase

: a problem that causes trouble or worry for someone over a long period of time
We all have our crosses to bear.
The loss was a heavy cross for her to bear.

Examples of cross to bear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Every terrible decision — by her son, by America’s financial institutions — becomes her cross to bear, and along the way, Dern goes from maternal to helpless to utterly exasperated. Matthew Jacobs, Vulture, 8 May 2024 The name True Detective carries a lot of weight and is a heavy cross to bear. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 Here, the abundance of recent coverage of both Princess Diana (for whom the crown became a cross to bear) and her younger son Harry (who renounced his title after marrying for love) give audiences ample context to appreciate what’s at stake. Peter Debruge, Variety, 10 Aug. 2023 An overabundance can be quite a horticultural cross to bear this time of year. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 4 Aug. 2023 Her independence may just become her cross to bear. Jonathan Van Meter, SPIN, 8 Apr. 2023 While ineffective decision-making is my own cross to bear, the anxiety that informed it in this instance is a symptom of a problem that runs far deeper. Holly Thomas, CNN, 29 Mar. 2023

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“Cross to bear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cross%20to%20bear. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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