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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
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Winner of the 2010 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, Bear Down, Bear North gathers thirteen stories about the vulnerabilities of the heart as well as on family loyalty enduring in spite of discord.
He said: "It's right for society to bear down on and deal with anti-social behaviour that's associated with drinking.
The X-Beam wrench may look odd, but bear down on it and you'll quickly feel its advantages.
And if you live in Springfield, west of 28th Street, you really need to bear down. It's your turn in the Great Leaf Collection of 2006-07.