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"bear down" in British English

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bear down

phrasal verb with bear uk   /beər/  us   /ber/ verb (bore, borne or US also born)
(Definition of bear down from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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bear down

phrasal verb with bear  us   /beər/ verb (past tense bore  /bɔr, boʊr/ , past participle borne  /bɔrn, boʊrn/ )
to put more ​effort into doing something: I ​knew I had to bear down hard in ​order to ​hit the ​ball.
(Definition of bear down from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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