bear down upon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bear down upon sail towards another vessel, of a ship
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Usage

In literature:

Before his left end defense was complete, Mascola was bearing down upon his center.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
They are nailed to D. The nail, N, runs through both uprights, and acts as the bearing for F to rock up and down upon.
"How Two Boys Made Their Own Electrical Apparatus" by Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
A huge liner was bearing directly down upon them!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, October 28, 1914" by Various
Then the second puma pounced, with a screech, upon the Gray Master's back, bearing him down.
"Kings in Exile" by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
Another storm was bearing down upon me from the range, and the sun was sinking.
"Wild Life on the Rockies" by Enos A. Mills
But the sentinels saw her coming down in the darkness, and every cannon was brought to bear upon the vessel.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
After one long, comprehending stare at the two gigantic mottled shapes bearing down upon them, the herd put itself in motion.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
He felt no unusual sensation, except one of pleasant, tingling warmth, as if the direct rays of the sun were bearing down upon him.
"The Pygmy Planet" by John Stewart Williamson
Every blessing that comes down to us from above bears upon it the stamp from God: through Christ's intercession.
"The Ministry of Intercession" by Andrew Murray
But have we ever stopped and let the awfulness of these statements bear down upon us?
"Things as They Are" by Amy Wilson-Carmichael
I felt my weight bearing down upon the cushions.
"'Charge It'" by Irving Bacheller
The silence was heavy upon him; it seemed pressing in with actual weight to bear him down.
"The Finding of Haldgren" by Charles Willard Diffin
And a little after sunrise we saw a sail bearing down upon us.
"Hidden Hand" by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
She had but a short time to wait when she perceived the dark outlines of the Raker bearing directly down upon her.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXIII No. 3 September 1848" by Various
When they could look they saw a wall of fire bearing down upon them from three sides.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher
And first she lay down upon the bed of the Great, Huge Bear; but that was too high at the head for her.
"Favorite Fairy Tales" by Various
Behind him the Sepharians had turned the corner and were bearing down upon him.
"Warrior of the Dawn" by Howard Carleton Browne
At every step she expected to hear the crashing of the bushes and see another colossal nightmare bearing down upon them.
"Red Nails" by Robert E. Howard
You must remember, the sun shining down upon us bears witness that I have urged you not to renounce the world entirely.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
A second later he was bearing down upon her broadside.
"With Wolseley to Kumasi" by F.S. Brereton
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In poetry:

The moon upon man's path sheds down her ray,
White witness of the sun beyond our sight;
And does not change, in all its changing day,
Bear equal witness with the moon's cold light?
"The Pendulum" by Dame Mary Gilmore DBE
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
The snow floats down upon us, we turn, we turn,
Through gorges filled with light we sound and flow . . .
One is struck down and hurt, we crowd about him,
We bear him away, gaze after his listless body;
But whether he lives or dies we do not know.
"The House Of Dust: Part 01: 05:" by Conrad Potter Aiken

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 weather grows cold, the holidays are bearing down upon us and soon we will find ourselves in that seething caldron of unmannerly behavior: the family holiday gathering.
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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