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To influence, have an effect on.
To be relevant to.
I never had a bear on the place until you came along.
On the one hand there has arisen a school of thinkers of the type of Thomas Hill Green, who have brought to bear on his metaphysical views the idealism of modern German thinkers.
I won't say—'cause if I told you you'd be so scared you'd go running out here like there was a bear on your ass.
Anyway, I meant I've never seen a bear on this land before.
Vinnie paced up and down, grumbling like a bear on the first day of spring.
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