Definition of bear down on in English:

bear down on

phrasal verb

  • 1Move directly towards someone or something in a purposeful or intimidating manner:

    ‘at a canter they bore down on the mass of men ahead’
    • ‘Whenever I am in possession, Piranhas in blue shirts bear down on upon me like juggernauts.’
    • ‘Years ago, as I walked with a veteran guide called Cecil Evans, the two of us were confronted by a bull elephant that bore down on us with a terrible, strident scream.’
    • ‘As the great beasts bore down on their attacker, their focus was taken away by the sound of an unfamiliar roar.’
    • ‘Huge wildfires still are tearing across the region, bearing down on more homes and threatening more lives.’
    • ‘Dander up and with the wind at their backs Dulwich showed little sympathy for their guests' plight, the Aylesbury box a veritable battle area as wave upon wave of Dulwich's attacks bore down on goal.’
    • ‘THE US was preparing for the onslaught of Hurricane Dennis last night as it bore down on the Gulf Coast after killing up to 32 people across the Caribbean.’
    • ‘Experts said the talented footballer either fell off his bike and was hit, or purposely threw himself off it when he spotted the car bearing down on him.’
    • ‘Katherine saw another soldier bearing down on a helpless woman.’
    • ‘The Australian-born athlete picked off her peers moving through the field with ease before bearing down on victory in the closing stages.’
    • ‘As he twisted the key, Ethan bore down on him, shoelaces flapping, pants cuffs fraying against the pavement, the uncased Strat clamped under one arm.’
    • ‘From there the aircraft bore down on Manhattan.’
    • ‘It's richly mounted, solidly acted, tautly directed - and bears down on you with a vengeance, just like that red-eyed hound from hell.’
    • ‘We have a rebel attack vessel bearing down on us.’
    • ‘The alien life-form was inexorably bearing down on him, unstoppable, merciless and purposeful.’
    • ‘This storm is bearing down on Jamaica, not making direct landfall, but we're seeing enough thunderstorm activity that we may see mudslides as a result.’
    • ‘He felt Mrs Yin had first braked unnecessarily in front of him and when he tried to overtake she accelerated, forcing him to drop back because the car coming in the opposite direction was bearing down on him.’
    • ‘So, we had to work really hard to get people's attention to get them to move as a result of this awesome storm that was bearing down on us.’
    • ‘Villa's offside trap had initially broken down to allow Henry to bear down on the Villa goal and after he cut back inside Ronnie Johnsen, he clipped his shot against the inside of the post.’
    • ‘All too often Carlow attackers were allowed to bear down on goal unhindered.’
    • ‘Just before the attack ended, one of the attackers bore down on Mr Najeib and bit his face, it was alleged.’
    advance on, close in on, move in on, converge on, approach, come close to, come closer to, move close to, move closer to, draw near to, draw nearer to, press on towards
    attack, set upon, fall upon, assail, set about, let fly at, tear into
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    1. 1.1 Take strict measures to deal with:
      ‘a commitment to bear down on inflation’
      • ‘He was especially eager to bear down on the then-flaccid economy.’
      • ‘In Phase Two of the ETS we need not only to bear down on carbon emissions (which means tighter caps all round), but also to ensure a more transparent way of allocating the emission allowances in the first place.’
      • ‘The purpose of the operation is to bear down on what we believe to be concentrations of insurgents and their equipment.’
      • ‘This scheme appears to contradict the commitment to bear down on night noise.’
      • ‘This support was not just for the benefits that membership would bring in bearing down on inflation, but also for the fiscal discipline and wider advantages it would bring, particularly for business.’