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

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  • verb exert full strength
  • verb exert a force with a heavy weight
  • verb pay special attention to
  • verb contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease delivery
  • verb to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle
  • verb exert a force or cause a strain upon


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

    January 8, 2008

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

    January 9, 2008

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

    January 9, 2008