To bear against

to approach for attack or seizure; as, a lion bears against his prey.

See also: Bear

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
It is a dead secret, a Drury Lane child's romance; but what an amount of heavy artillery will be brought to bear against it in this sad London of ours.
"Every means which ingenuity could suggest seemed brought to bear against me.
But questions abound as to the level of our preparedness to implement the new curriculum given the heavy logistical demands it brings to bear against declining economic performance.
Nor did he believe that the weight of his office had to be brought to bear against unfriendly voices in the media.
Mend your ways or the full force of the state will be brought to bear against you.
The Red Lions are coming off a rousing 72-70 victory over La Salle, where they dealt the Archers their first loss in seven outings and may have a grudge to bear against Lim and the Altas.
PABLO CARRENO BUSTA brought his experience to bear against Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov last night when battling into the quarterfinals with a 7-6 7-6 7-6 victory, writes Adrian Humphries.
"We feel it's a strong line-up and a strong place for us to be at the moment, so hopefully we can go out there on Friday night and bring that to bear against what is clearly a powerful Grenoble side."
If this is what those in the frontline against ISIS require and if Britain wishes to make amends for its previous errors then this is the least Britain can do, given there is not even diplomatic pressure being brought to bear against the UK's ally Turkey to stop them assisting ISIS and instead open their borders to Turks, Kurds and other anti-fascists who are willing to go to fight against the barbarity of ISIS.
The 32-year-old current world number 92 has moved as high as 12 in his career, but was unable to bring that pedigree to bear against Murray.
"Conflicts of interest in the middle of Europe in the 21st century can only be resolved successfully if we do not employ the means of the 19th and 20th centuries." Merkel is widely seen as the EU's most influential figure in the Crimea crisis but has been accused of reluctance to bring real pressure to bear against Russia due to Germany's close trade ties with the country.