Definition of Bear down on

1. Verb. Sail towards another vessel, of a ship.

Exact synonyms: Bear Down Upon
Category relationships: Navigation, Pilotage, Piloting
Entails: Sail
Generic synonyms: Approach, Come Near, Come On, Draw Close, Draw Near, Go Up, Near

2. Verb. Exert a force with a heavy weight. "The snow bore down on the roof"
Exact synonyms: Bear Down, Drag Down, Press Down On, Weigh Down
Generic synonyms: Press

Definition of Bear down on

1. Verb. To approach someone in a very determined way. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bear Down On

bear's breeches
bear's ear
bear's foot
bear's garlic
bear's grape
bear a hand
bear away
bear cat
bear claw
bear claws
bear cub
bear cubs
bear down
bear down on (current term)
bear down upon
bear false witness
bear fruit
bear hug
bear hugs
bear in mind
bear in with
bear market
bear markets
bear oak
bear off
bear off from
bear on

Literary usage of Bear down on

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Yale Lectures on Preaching: And Other Writings by Nathaniel Judson Burton, Richard E Burton (1888)
"No, you must bear down on the thing in hand, and accept what ... And then at some other time you must have God's Love for your topic, and bear down on that ..."

2. Manual of Heavy Artillery Service: For the Use of the Army and Militia of by John Caldwell Tidball (1891)
"1 and 2 bear down on the handspike in the bore; Nos. 5 and fl lift on that at the ... I, prepares to bear down on the muzzle ; Xo. ..."

3. Expression in Singing: Including Thirty-one Exercises for Voice Culture by John Howard (1904)
"Now intend to make the bone bear down on the thumb. Say to yourself, " I will not only rub the tongue backward, but I will make the hyoid bone, ..."

4. Anecdotes, Poetry, and Incidents of the War: North and South : 1860-1865 by Frank Moore (1866)
"All in line of battle, When the black ships bear down On tyrant fort and town, 'Mid cannon cloud and rattle ; And the great guns once more Thunder back the ..."

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