Phrasal verbs deriving from 'bear'
Used other than as an idiom: see bear, down.
To approach from windward.
To push (someone) to the ground; to defeat, overcome. [from 14th c.]
To maintain one's position against (someone) in a debate; to stand one's ground against. [16th-17th c.]
To intensify one's efforts.
To approach in a determined manner.
To exert downward pressure on one's abdomen, as in giving birth, forcing out feces, and some similar bodily maneuvers.