- (idiomatic, transitive) To cause.
- Excessive drinking can bring on depression.
- (idiomatic, transitive) To make something appear, as on a stage or a place of competition.
- 2018 October 20, Steve Brodner, “Dubya!”, in Esquire, volume 130, number 4, page 106:
- The impatience here is palpable: 2000, here we come! Bring on Gore! Bring em all on!
- 2011 January 8, Paul Fletcher, “Stevenage 3 - 1 Newcastle”, in BBC:
- Stevenage's first-half performance forced a change of formation from Newcastle at the break, as they brought on Nile Ranger for Leon Best and switched to a 4-2-3-1 set-up.
- (idiomatic, intransitive, US, informal, often as imperative) To pose a challenge or threat; to attack; to compete aggressively.
- 1997 November 24, “The Judges May Have Done Foreman Favor”, in Richmond Times Dispatch, Virginia:
- Not that Briggs was capable of bringing it on. He got in, maybe, one really good shot: a right to Foreman's ample belly
- 1998 March 13, “Bringing it on: Maine W. vs. New Trier”, in Chicago Tribune:
- Kevin Frey and Lucas Johnson stared back and gestured to bring it on.
- 2001 October 3, “Getting Vocal About Anthems”, in Los Angeles Times:
- Christina Aguilera has a strong voice (she really brought it on in "Lady Marmalade," but I'm afraid her hairdo wouldn't make it past the security devices
- 2005 October 27, “A Truly Big Daddy”, in San Jose Mercury News, California:
- It's the performances, and thus far only Big Daddy truly brings it on.
- 2005 October 28, “First-year coaches already making impact”, in Anniston Star, Alabama:
- We have a very young team and I think they've really brought it on strong at the end.
- 2007 March 27, “Lady Warriors jump out to a strong beginning”, in Ruidoso News, Ruidos, NM:
- We have some good defensive players and Breanna Mails is really bringing it on as a pitcher
- 2010, Alan Goldenbach, “Hutchinson, Richard Montgomery top Blair, 1-0”, in Washington Post:
- "She really brought it on when she needed it," Rockets Coach Watson Prather said of his pitcher.