To bear down upon

(Naut.) to approach from the windward side; as, the fleet bore down upon the enemy.
- Sir W. Scott.

See also: Bear

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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"It was their very happiness and their intended future together that brought about the devastation that came to bear down upon them.
between the gills and body, to bear down upon the spine.
'Purchasing managers continued to bear down upon rising prices while maintaining tight control of stock due to uncertainty over order levels in the coming year,' said Mr Roy Ayliffe, director of professional practice at the institute.
SCREAMS rend the air as a huge prehistoric beast, jaws gaping, surges from a watery mist to bear down upon a boatload of travellers.