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Bear Idioms

Updated on November 11, 2014

What is an Idiom?

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There are a number of idioms that are related to bears.

Some are negative and derogatory, but some can be positive and complimentary.

An idiom is a phrase or an expression that cannot be taken literally.

When you use an idiom in everyday language, then it has a different meaning than the basic meaning or definition of the words as found in a dictionary.

An example of this might be "break a leg." If taken literally, then you are being told to break your leg. However, this phrase, or idiom is often used by actors to say "Do well" before they go out on stage.

"A Bear Hug."

To put your arms around someone and hug them tightly in order to show affection.

"As Busy as a Hibernating Bear."

A way of saying that someone is not at all busy.

"Be a Bear for Punishment."

To stand rough treatment. A way of saying that someone is rugged or tough.

A Bear Market
A Bear Market

"A Bear Market.

A Bear Market is a period of time when investors are feeling pessimistic are as a consequence, they are more likely to sell rather than buy shares.

"Loaded For Bear."

A way of saying that someone is ready for a fight. In a rage.

"As Gruff as a Bear."

To way of saying that someone is curt and unsociable.

"Grin and Bear It

A way of saying that someone should put up with, or endure something unpleasant with good humour.

"Slick as Bear Grease."

A way of saying that a person is slick and smooth.

Bear by the Tail
Bear by the Tail

"To Have a Bear By The Tail."

A way of saying that a person has a big or difficult decision to make.

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"To Bear a Grudge."

A way of saying that a person is angry about something - not willing to forget.

Like a bear with sore head - idiom
Like a bear with sore head - idiom

"Be like a Bear with a Sore Head."

A way of saying that someone is in a bad mood and treating others badly.

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      goldenrulecomics 3 years ago

      Nicely done!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @MaryMitchell: Thanks for your visit and comment - very much appreciated.

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      MaryMitchell 4 years ago

      Bears are great and no danger to anyone, until we invade their space as we do with so many wild animals!

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      Pangionedevelopers 5 years ago

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      mermaidlife 5 years ago

      Bear in mind or is it - bear in mind. or how about bear necessities or is it - bare necessities. oh well I tried.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't think I've ever heard "As busy as a hibernating bear" before, it certainly does paint a picture!