bring to bear

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bring to bear (third-person singular simple present brings to bear, present participle bringing to bear, simple past and past participle brought to bear)

  1. (transitive) To aim a weapon at a target.
    The battleship brought her main guns to bear on the fort.
  2. (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.