bear down

[bear down] {v.} 1. To press or push harder; work hard at; give full strength and attention.

She is bearing down in her studies to win a scholarship.

The baseball pitcher is bearing down.

The pitcher bore down on the star batter.

Teachers of the deaf bear down on English.

The sergeant bears down on lazy soldiers.

Contrast: LET UP(2b).

2. To move toward in an impressive or threatening way.

- Often used with "on".

While he was crossing the street a big truck bore down on him.

The little ship tried to escape when the big pirate ship bore down.

After the boys threw the snowballs they saw a large lady bearing down upon them from across the street.