Definition of does not bear thinking about in US English:

does not bear thinking about

phrase

  • Is too terrible to contemplate.

    • ‘To have to disassemble what we have built doesn't bear thinking about.’
    • ‘She said: ‘The number of times we have been targeted by vandals doesn't bear thinking about.’
    • ‘I'm not worried about anything else because what could have happened doesn't bear thinking about.’
    • ‘The fact we could have been in there doesn't bear thinking about.’
    • ‘It doesn't bear thinking about what could happen.’
    • ‘It just doesn't bear thinking about, does it?’
    • ‘But many elderly people cannot bear the thought of giving up a long-established family home and moving.’
    • ‘While I am admittedly spoilt by a 15-minute cycle through parkland to work, the claustrophobia of standing armpit-to-armpit in recycled air morning and night doesn't bear thinking about.’
    • ‘Mrs Marriner added: ‘At the time, we could almost see a funny side to it but what might have happened if my mother's condition had been more serious doesn't bear thinking about.’’
    • ‘The distress suffered by the residents - elderly residents of that home - doesn't bear thinking about.’
    • ‘First of all the appointment of Hamilton as the FAI's head-hunter caused mild surprise but the alternative candidate to fill that particular position doesn't bear thinking about.’
    • ‘However, it's gone on for so long right now that if it is meant as a distraction, we're so royally screwed that it doesn't bear thinking about.’
    • ‘He said: ‘What they could have done to me if I hadn't given them the keys doesn't bear thinking about.’
    • ‘What could so easily have happened to him doesn't bear thinking about.’
    • ‘It doesn't bear thinking about what else could have happened and I have nothing but praise for our young member of staff who was slightly injured.’
    • ‘It doesn't bear thinking about, unless you happen to be the supremely gifted chronicler of all our worst nightmares.’
    • ‘It doesn't bear thinking about what the statistics will be at the end of 2004.’
    • ‘In Cuba, for most people the future doesn't bear thinking about (more long months with no money).’
    • ‘I think it is a horrible, awful road; yesterday's crash just doesn't bear thinking about.’
    • ‘At nine o'clock that morning, when she'd gone out to hang the wash to dry, she hadn't been able to bear the thought of staying inside all day working.’