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bear

(bâr)
n.
a. Any of various usually omnivorous mammals of the family Ursidae that have a shaggy coat and a short tail and walk with the entire lower surface of the foot touching the ground.
b. Any of various other animals, such as the koala, that resemble a true bear.
(1) A subculture in gay/bisexual male communities with events, codes and culture-specific identity that hinge around a hypermasculine identity
(2) A member of a subculture of gay/bisexual males who is hairy and often bearded. Some bears have embraced transgendered as well as non-gendered individuals

bear

see ursus, brunus edwardii and koala. Species of less legitimate lineage include Pooh, Paddington and Brideshead bears.
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A survey found almost one in three only tidy the house when it's so dirty they can't bear the mess and almost half admit they only lift a duster when visitors are expected.
I know he'll probably beat up my mum if it all comes out but I can't bear the thought of my half sister going through what we had to suffer.
Compulsive ``pack rats'' - the kind who cram their homes with trash they just can't bear to part with, even empty old cereal boxes and junk mail.
Tom can't bear to watch the brutal realities of the miniseries ``Roots,'' yet watches passively as an episode of ``The Partridge Family'' soft-sells racial issues.
I hate turning up at a party and finding out it's only men; I can't bear it.
But Obama's dignified handling of the tawdry episode sets him leagues above nasty, rightwing Republicans led by the odious, tonsorially-challenged Donald Trump, who clearly can't bear the fact the President's middle name is Hussein.
I can't bear all that posturing and self-importance.
SELF-TAUGHT artist Jack Vettriano has had to suffer the snobbery of critics who can't bear to call his work art - despite its multi-million-pound success around the world.
MUCH as I can't bear moany old Sharon Osbourne, at least she didn't come from the same place as all the other X-Factor female presenters - Mattel.
ROBERT DOWNEY Jnr is causing a problem on the set of comic-book movie Iron Man - he can't bear his costume.
PAUL O'Grady started his career on the stand-up comedy circuit, but he reveals he can't bear to watch live comics these days.
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