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  • v. To aim a weapon at a target.
  • v. (idiomatic) To apply; to employ something to achieve an intended effect.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bring into operation or effect


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  • However, since you ask my thoughts, I should say it depends on how much firepower they can ultimately bring to bear when they fi­nally reach their target.

    The False Mirror

  • You can arrest it, my countrymen, if you will but make a vigerous effort, if you will but bring to bear the weight of a great, a patriotic and united community in aid of our authorities.

    Vance's Proclamation

  • Little as Fleda in secret really cared about that, with an instant sacrifice of her own pleasure, she quietly changed her position for one from which she could more readily bring to bear upon Mr. Rossitur's distraction the very light artillery of her conversation; and attacked him on the subject of the game he had brought home.


  • In the twin short towers that flanked the gate there were arrow-slits that could bring to bear a dual field of fire on any pursuers.

    Brother Cadfael's Penance

  • • Colonel Andrei Romanov would bring to bear the full strength of the Division's artillery with priority of effort allocated to 290th MRR - a weight in field guns which would amount to the 54 SP Howitzers plus 18 truck-borne BM21 rocket launchers each with forty 122 mm projectile tubes of the Division Artillery; the 18 towed 120 mm mortars and the

    First Clash

  • Needless to say, both he and the Spads were targets for all the gunfire the locals could bring to bear on this quintet of invaders in their backyard.

    Thud Ridge

  • Thus the common law generally distinguishes three classes of negligence as follows: gross negligence is the failure to employ even the smallest amount of care, such as any person, no matter how heedless, would use for the safeguarding of his own interests; ordinary negligence is the failure to exercise ordinary care, such as a person of ordinary capacity and capable of governing a family would take of his own affairs; slight neglience is the failure to bring to bear a high degree of care, such as very thoughtful persons would maintain in looking after their own interests.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • It took all the influence we could bring to bear to break up these absurdly superstitious practices, and it looked as if no permanent improvement could be effected, for as soon as we got them to discard one, another would be invented.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • The permission from his parents was so long delayed, owing to their not having received certain letters of his, and his mentor, Mr. Bromfield, advising against it, he gave up the plan, with what philosophy he could bring to bear on the situation.

    Letters and Journals 01

  • In London the opera also met with splendid success, having, as Chorley tells us, a great advantage over the Paris presentation in “the remarkable personal beauty of Signor Mario, whose appearance in his coronation robes reminded one of some bishop-saint in a picture by Van Eyck or Durer, and who could bring to bear a play of feature without grimace into the scene of false fascination, entirely beyond the reach of the clever French artist Roger, who originated the character.”

    The Great Italian and French Composers


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