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Sue can't bear to be parted from her baby daughter.
I can't bear seeing food thrown away.
I could hardly bear to watch.
She couldn't bear the thought of moving again.
Being made a fool of in front of a roomful of people was more than he could bear.
Most of her friends can't bear her husband.
She bore all her suffering with incredible patience.
The pain was more than I could bear.
The incident bore all the hallmarks of a racist attack.
His description bore no relation to reality.
Many buildings in the town still bear the scars of the bombing.
Every new coin bears a date.
a blue banner bearing the words 'Civil Rights March'
The letter bore the signature of her grandfather.
a coffin bearing the remains of an old man
a missile-bearing warship
Do you support the citizen's right to bear arms?
The ewes usually bear twin lambs.
She bore him three sons.
I hope you don't still bear a grudge against me.
He had caused untold suffering, but they bore him no bitterness.
When you speak to Lee, bear in mind he's still pretty upset about what happened.
Bearing in mind that it's Christmas, how much do you think the flight will cost?
The Chancellor and his supporters bear the responsibility for starting this row.
I don't think our relationship could bear the strain of her mother visiting for a month.
The company directors brought pressure to bear on him to resign.
It was in the area of marketing that Alan's business experience was brought to bear.
'What will happen if they pull out now?' 'It really doesn't bear thinking about.'
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