loaded for bear

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of loaded for bear

US, informal
:prepared to deal with attacks or criticism :prepared to fight or argue
  • She went into the interview loaded for bear.

Word by Word Definitions

loaded play
  1. : high

  2. : having a large amount of money

  3. : equipped with an abundance of options

bear play
  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

  2. : a surly, uncouth, burly, or shambling person

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

  1. : to accept or allow oneself to be subjected to especially without giving way

  2. : to call for as suitable or essential

  3. : assume, accept


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