bear down


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Synonyms for bear down

exert a force with a heavy weight

contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease delivery

to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle

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exert full strength

pay special attention to

exert a force or cause a strain upon

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Staying the Course Along the stone-flagged pavement, Across the Tarmacked street, Under the red-bricked houses, The sound of running feet Below the barren branches, Beside the swollen lake, Upon the sunken puddled path, The skidding footprints snake On top of grassy hillsides, Within the valley walls, Around the rolling mountains, The rocking footstep falls Through windy coastal footpaths, In sand and seawave sound, Round wide and sweeping promenades, The flying feet make ground Inside the sleepy village, Beyond the busy town, Outside of home and country, The wandering feet bear down Toward the far horizon, Beneath the westering sun, Among the fleeting flowers onward, Till the course is run.
We have work to do, we need to bear down on the problem of student absenteeism.
The man's family said he wounded a grizzly on Sunday and tracked the bear down the next morning with two guides.
Putin is hoping that Kiev will bear down heavily on separatists as this will give him the excuse that he is looking for -- to intervene on a larger scale by playing the patriotic card.
But just 17% have faith in the PM to bear down on fuel costs against 38% who trust Mr Miliband on the issue.