To bear down upon

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To bear down upon (Naut) to approach from the windward side; as, the fleet bore down upon the enemy.
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Usage

In literature:

As he ceased struggling, and allowed himself to drift at will, he saw the log bearing down upon him.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
Thus, when he beheld the wolf apparently bearing down upon him, he was startled, but not to the point of losing his head.
"Followers of the Trail" by Zoe Meyer
It was, to all appearances, bearing directly down upon the island.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
They pull down the sail, and in a stiff gale help to hold it so that all the stress may not bear upon the tack.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Sure enough, a ship was bearing down upon them, but, to the dismay of all, she hastily hauled off again.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
The young men in the smaller boat were pulling like mad to get out of the way of the motor boat bearing down upon them with undiminished speed.
"The Radio Boys at the Sending Station" by Allen Chapman
Animating his followers by his voice, and his own example, Hawkeye then gave the word to bear down upon their foes.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
To their intense relief it seemed to be heard, as the ship tacked round, and bearing down upon them, very soon came up alongside.
"Bosom Friends" by Angela Brazil
Meanwhile the bear retired to his pedestal and sat down upon it with a graceful and self-satisfied air.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 2, July, 1893" by Various
The mate then ran down to announce that a monster ship was bearing down upon them in the fog.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
For a moment longer, Stewart stared after it, half-expecting it to reappear and bear down upon him.
"The Girl from Alsace" by Burton Egbert Stevenson
Seeing the car bearing down upon them, they began to dodge.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls Across Country" by Janet Aldridge
Standing by his prize until daybreak, Boyle saw the war-brig again bearing down upon him; he immediately tacked and went to meet her.
"Privateers and Privateering" by E. P. Statham
Behind, so close that it seemed to be right upon her and bearing down with tremendous speed, came a solid wall of water, many feet high.
"The Blue Grass Seminary Girls' Vacation Adventures" by Carolyn Judson Burnett
His plan seemed to be a success, for after a while the Ben Ledi began to bear down upon him.
"Brave Old Salt" by Oliver Optic
Hence they were able to see Nat bearing down upon them with a rush, and get to one side of the road in a hurry.
"Great Hike" by Alan Douglas
When Maurice saw the ships bearing down upon him at break of day on the 31st of June, 1805, he knew what to expect.
"Woven with the Ship" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
Always bear in mind to keep your hands quite down upon your horse's withers, and never interfere with his mouth.
"Ladies on Horseback" by Nannie Lambert
Signal was made to bear down upon the enemy in two lines, and the fleet set all sail.
"Fifty-two Stories of the British Navy, from Damme to Trafalgar." by Alfred H. Miles
Yes, it was too vexatious for all the heroism she could bring to bear upon it: her philosophy broke down.
"Chronicles of Dustypore" by Henry Stewart Cunningham
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In poetry:

As I was going to Bethlehem-town,
Upon the earth I cast me down
All underneath a little tree
That whispered in this wise to me:
"Oh, I shall stand on Calvary
And bear what burthen saveth thee!"
"Bethlehem-Town" by Eugene Field

In news:

Riding along the Iron Horse Trail, on the Milwaukee, Seattle Chicago, old railroad we came upon this brown bear cub about 5 miles down the trail, we rode 20 miles all the way down to North Bend.
The couple's infant daughter, Riley, bears Blake's middle name (feel free to melt upon clicking here), and came down the aisle with Snider's mother, per People.com.
It can be hard to count the number of ways the apocalypse might be bearing down upon us.
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