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Bear Idioms

Updated on November 26, 2017
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Ben is a semi-retired sixty something, having spent 30 years working within the UK Utility industry. A father of 3 boys and grandad of 3.

What is an Idiom?

Welcome to my article on Bear Idioms.

There are a number of idioms that are related to bears. Some of these are negative in tone, but most bear related idioms emphasize the strength and forceful nature of this magnificent wonder of the animal world.

An idiom is a phrase or an expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. 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.

Bear Idioms
Bear Idioms

Bear Idioms numbers 1 to 5

1. As Busy as a Hibernating Bear.

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

An example might be: "he says that he has no time to help out at the party, but I know he is off work that day, he's as busy as a hibernating bear".

2. A Bear Hug.

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

3. Be a Bear for Punishment.

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

4. 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.

5. Loaded For Bear.

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

Loaded For Bear - Idiom
Loaded For Bear - Idiom

Bear Idiom #6

"As Gruff as a Bear."

To way of saying that someone is curt and unsociable.

Bear Idioms Numbers 7 to 9

7. Grin and Bear It.

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

8. To Have a Bear By The Tail.

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

9. Be like a Bear with a Sore Head.

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

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

Bear Idiom #10

"Slick as Bear Grease."

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

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Bear Idiom #12

"To Bear a Grudge."

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

More Idioms about Bears

13. Hungry as a Bear

A way of saying that you are very hungry.

14. Gruff as a Bear.

A way of saying that someone is unsociable, or speaks in a very abrupt rude way.

15. Take the Bear by the tooth

A way of saying that you have put yourselve in a dangerous position.

Take a bear by the tooth - idiom
Take a bear by the tooth - idiom

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Nicely done!

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago from Redcar

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

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      MaryMitchell 5 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 6 years ago

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      mermaidlife 6 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 6 years ago

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