bear » bare

Chiefly in:   bare in mind , bare the brunt , bare the name , bare witness , bring to bare , grin and bare it

Classification: English

Spotted in the wild:

  • “It has to be multidisciplinary due to the myriad of needs that may have to be addressed,” Brescia said. “But nurses are the glue of the system. They hold it all together and bare the brunt of the care.” (Medical University of South Carolina press release, Dec. 14, 2001)
  • Or does she cringe when Israelis constantly bare the brunt of suicide bombers, destroying the lives of innocent civilians? (Elizabethtown College Etownian, Apr. 26, 2002)
  • When preparing publications that will bare the name of the university, please adhere to the policies set forth in this manual. (Regent University Marketing Style Manual)
  • “X-House didn’t bare the name of a slain civil rights leader,” Harper said, pointing in the direction of the house. “It bore the name of an evangelical preacher [John Wesley].” (Wesleyan Argus, Feb. 7, 2003)
  • Tuesday afternoon, that stage came crumbling down, and instead the public was forced to bare witness to the sissified bite- and slap-fest that no one wanted to see. (Arizona Daily Wildcat, Jan. 24, 2002)
  • So even if we have to grin and bare a bit now, never lose sight that we have to continue to fight against turning this University into a profile that looks more like a private institution. (CUNY University Faculty Senate Open Forum transcript, June 11, 2003)
  • “We take you from not knowing anything, to knowing something about design, fabrication, fabrication process, protocol, clean room tools, technology, just the whole picture that is brought to bare on MEMS, because we have it all here. We’re a very lucky university,” said Farmer. (New Jersey Institute of Technology press release, May 30, 2001)
  • We risk our ability to bring to bare the intellectual richness of the university on practical issues of the day. (Colorado State University President, Fall Address, Sep. 14, 2004)
  • I think that from antidotal evidence like Judy is bringing to bare and I could bring to bare from the early childhood education movement, it is indeed the case. (Brookings Press Forum transcript, Dec. 8, 1999)
  • I’d like to share the wonders I’ve seen, but it’s hard to describe how satisfying the return of “Farscape” to my television screen was to folks who didn’t bare witness. (NIU Northern Star, Oct. 20, 2004)
  • Please bare in mind that this has been a project with Tufts & WPI through many years. (WPI/Tufts Wildlife Rehabilitation Database)
  • If you plan to take courses towards your area of concentration bare in mind that you will need to have them approved by your faculty mentor, add them to your area of concentration form, and have them approved by the CUNY Baccalaureate Program. (CUNY - Studying Abroad: Before You Go)
  • So they have the choice to either suppress the Report, or grin and bare it. (Daily Kos, Nov 13, 2004)

Some of these forms, particularly grin and bare it, often appear as puns. The jocular right to bare arms also shows up frequently.

(See also bare » bear.)

| link | entered by Ben Zimmer, 2005/02/17 |


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    Commentary by andrew cosand , 2005/03/06 at 4:11 am

    Just came the phrase “bare with me.”

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