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    #1

    Cool what does it mean?

    Bringing all her charm to bear, the young lady said...

    I have not a clue what 'to bear' means here despite my having checked several dictionaries carefully. I really have not the foggiest idea which shade of meaning of 'bear' it corresponds to.

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    #2

    Re: what does it mean?

    Replace "to bear" with "using". If I bring all of my strength to bear to move a log, I am using all of my strength to move that log.

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    #3

    Re: what does it mean?

    NOT A TEACHER

    See definition #14 here.

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    #4
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: what does it mean?

    I wonder if the derivation of the phrase lies in warfare? To bring a weapon to bear on a target is to point the weapon at it. Maybe it was originally expressed as something like "Bring your guns to bearing on that ship" - where a bearing is a direction; normally relative to North. Just a thought....

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    #6

    Re: what does it mean?

    A better thread title would have been Bringing all her charm to bear.


    Extract from the forum Posting Guidelines:

    Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed. (Avoid phrases like "HELP!", "Urgent!", "translation please", "how do I say this", "I'm new" and similar expressions.)


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    #7

    Re: what does it mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    I wonder if the derivation of the phrase lies in warfare? To bring a weapon to bear on a target is to point the weapon at it. Maybe it was originally expressed as something like "Bring your guns to bearing on that ship" - where a bearing is a direction; normally relative to North. Just a thought....
    I believe that the term is more related to birth. There is a sense of pressure in the term, attention at least.

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