loaded for bear


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loaded for bear

- Dating from the mid-1800s, it alludes to the heavy charge of powder or lead that hunters use for large animals, such as bears.
See also related terms for powder.
References in classic literature ?
Every Elliott and Crawford and MacAllister is on the warpath, loaded for bear.
The last thing you need us going in there loaded for bear.
Dana Milbank's ignorance never ceases to amaze ("Sportsmen's Heritage bill supporters loaded for bear," Sept.
But she was also loaded for bear and aiming at Sanders.
For them, the states will be loaded for bear and a conscious approach to managing that risk is recommended.
The Wisconsin DNR and Polk County Assistant District Attorney Stephen Dorrance came for Sundvall, and they were also loaded for bear.
But, while political leaders have been loaded for bear when it comes to many industries, they have thus far been unable or unwilling to take aim at the impact of aviation.
We're getting our capacity increases out of the way at the end of January, end of February and the end of March so we'll be loaded for bear as the busy season builds.
In the days following Russia's incursion into Georgia, the Arizona senator made it clear that he's loaded for bear and just itching for a military confrontation in which to demonstrate again what a tough and angry man he is.
It was a really hard-fought case, and I think they saw we were loaded for bear," Leonard Bellavia, an attorney representing the dealers, told Harrington.
SOME, NOW RETIRED, STILL GO LOADED FOR BEAR WHILE OTHERS ARE QUITE COMFORTABLE WITH ALMOST ANY HANDGUN AND NO RELOAD.