bear down upon

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Verb1.bear down upon - sail towards another vessel, of a shipbear down upon - sail towards another vessel, of a ship
navigation, pilotage, piloting - the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place
approach, draw near, near, come near, come on, draw close, go up - move towards; "We were approaching our destination"; "They are drawing near"; "The enemy army came nearer and nearer"
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My chief war is against the clergy and barons of the land who bear down upon the poor.
Hammond said the kidnappers' leaders would be held account for their actions and that "the full force of the UK and US and other allied countries will bear down upon them".
"It was their very happiness and their intended future together that brought about the devastation that came to bear down upon them.