comes to bear
Posted: 12 May 2019 09:02 AM   [ Ignore ]
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This morning I was watching a cook talking viewers through a barbecue recipe. After he added the last bit of seasoning he said, “We should let it set for a while ’til it comes to bear”. That just did not sound quite right to me so I did some research and found the site, “Daily Writing Tips”. The author is Maeve Maddox.

One of the definitions is: “it all comes to fruition.” Is that how it was meant here? Did the cook use the phrase correctly?

PS: I tend to agree with her final assessment at the end of the article: “Comes to bear” is an expression that careful writers can do without.

Posted: 12 May 2019 09:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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It’s in the OED under bear, v1, def. 33.b. It’s essentially a passive form of bring to bear, which in my experience is more common. It’s been around since the 17th century.

It sounds awkward to me too, but that’s probably due to my unfamiliarity with the form rather than any inherent defect in it.