bring to bear (third-person singular simple present brings to bear, present participle bringing to bear, simple past and past participle brought to bear)
- (transitive) To aim a weapon at a target.
- The battleship brought her main guns to bear on the fort.
- (transitive, idiomatic) To apply; to employ something to achieve an intended effect.
- Every possible pressure was brought to bear on the minister to ensure the unjust law was not passed.
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