bear down on
phrasal 1. emphasize 2. to weigh heavily on ; burden

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • bear down on — bear down (on (someone/something)) 1. to use all your effort to do something. Our students will have to bear down if they want to pass their exams. 2. to push or press on something. When washing your car, try not to bear down too hard or you ll… …   New idioms dictionary

  • bear\ down\ on — • bear down on • bear down upon v. phr. To draw constantly nearer with great speed and force. The police cars were bearing down on the bank robbers get away car …   Словарь американских идиом

  • bear down on — ► bear down on approach in a purposeful or intimidating manner. Main Entry: ↑bear …   English terms dictionary

  • bear down on — index press (constrain) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bear down on — verb 1. sail towards another vessel, of a ship (Freq. 2) • Syn: ↑bear down upon • Topics: ↑navigation, ↑pilotage, ↑piloting • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • bear down on — Synonyms and related words: accost, advance, advance against, advance upon, approach, approach anchorage, appropinquate, approximate, bear against, bear down upon, bear hard upon, bear up, bear up for, bear up to, close, close in, close with,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • bear down on — we knew that Sherman s men would be bearing down on us by dawn Syn: advance on, close in on, move in on, converge on …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • bear down on — (Roget s IV) , v. 1. [To press down on] Syn. squeeze, compress, push; see press 1 . 2. [To try] Syn. endeavor, strive, attempt, make a strong effort; see try 1 . 3. [To approach] Syn. draw near, converge on, close in on; see approach 2 , 3 …   English dictionary for students

  • bear down on — or[upon] {v. phr.} To draw constantly nearer with great speed and force. * /The police cars were bearing down on the bank robbers get away car./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bear down on — or[upon] {v. phr.} To draw constantly nearer with great speed and force. * /The police cars were bearing down on the bank robbers get away car./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bear down on — verb To approach someone in a very determined way. I could see the headmaster bearing down on me, and looked hopelessly round for a means of escape …   Wiktionary

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