bear down phrasal

bear down phrasal
1 bear down on - to move quickly towards someone in a threatening way: His aunt bore down on him and insisted he joined them for dinner. | A powerboat was bearing down on us.
2 (I) to use all your strength and effort to push or press down on something
3 (transitive bear someone/something down) formal to defeat a person or deal successfully with a difficult situation

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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