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Bear down

Parf of speech: Verb, OED Year: 1398, OED Evaluation: NA

to bear down, formerly also bear over (whence overborne adj.): to push to the ground, overwhelm, overthrow, vanquish.

Speaker: Well that's cheating, I guess 'cause we swapped all our assignments. We still had to write the finals though. Interviewer: Mm. Speaker: So you had to really bear down then (laughs).
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