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  • v. Used other than as an idiom: see bear,‎ down.
  • v. To approach from windward.
  • v. To intensify one's efforts.
  • v. To approach in a determined manner.
  • v. To exert downward pressure on one's abdomen, as in giving birth, forcing out feces, and some similar bodily maneuvers.

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  • v. exert full strength
  • v. exert a force with a heavy weight
  • v. pay special attention to
  • 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 a force or cause a strain upon


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  • They told her to approach a vessel rapidly from the windward side?

    January 9, 2008

  • Really? Umm... cuz... when... someone I know was giving birth, that's what they told her to do.

    January 9, 2008

  • Originally a nautical term--to approach a vessel rapidly from the windward side.

    January 8, 2008