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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Winner of the 2010 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, Bear Down, Bear North gathers thirteen stories about the vulnerabilities of the heart as well as on family loyalty enduring in spite of discord.
A winter storm that was set to bear down on the Antelope Valley late Thursday and into this morning will be followed by an extreme cold air mass from the Sierra expected to bring potentially record-breaking temperatures this weekend, the National Weather Service said.
And if you live in Springfield, west of 28th Street, you really need to bear down.
It is easy to get caught up in the pressures of life that bear down upon us from all sides, and so we do not give our own prayer life the attention it requires, thinking that our time with God can wait: wait until we have done just this one more thing, made this one more phone call, read this last report, watched this last news update.
Off the pace for much of the race, he coolly bided his time over this extended ten furlongs before gradually building the tempo of his mount to bear down on the leaders entering the short straight.
The book investigates how earlier tax policy decisions resulted in a limited or open set of funding options for maintaining welfare state expenditures when globalization began to bear down in the early 1990s.