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Topic: ANIMALS

Language: Old English
Origin: bera

bear

2 noun
     
bear
bear2 [countable]
1HBA a large strong animal with thick fur that eats flesh, fruit, and insects:
a mother bear and her cubs
grizzly bear, polar bear, teddy bear
2 American English informal something that is very difficult to do or to deal with:
The chemistry test was a bear.
3

be like a bear with a sore head

British English informal to be rude to people because you are feeling bad-tempered
4BFS technical someone who sells shares or goods when they expect the price to fall [↪ bull]
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