bear down (v.) Old form(s): beare downe , beares downe
overwhelm, put down, overcome
2H4 I.i.11.1[Northumberland to Lord Bardolph] contention, like a horse ... madly hath broke loose / And bears down all before him
MV IV.i.211[Bassanio to all] malice bears down truth
Tit II.i.30[Chiron to Demetrius] to bear me down with braves
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