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bear down

  • v  exert a force with a heavy weight
  • v  contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease delivery
  • v  to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle
  • v  exert full strength
  • v  pay special attention to
  • v  exert a force or cause a strain upon
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  • The end of the world, turning on a comic axis
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Earth has been coming to an end with comic frequency. We've seen tsunamis sweep the oceans ("2012"), the world freeze over ("The Day After Tomorrow") and a rogue planet bear down ("Melancholia"). So many have been patrolling a desolate Earth — Will Smith ("After Earth"), Tom Cruise ("Oblivion"), a cute cleanup robot ("WALL-E") — that even the post-apocalyptic world is getting ...
    June 12, 2013 - Associated Press via Yahoo! News

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