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Loaded for Bear : Phrases


To be aggressively seeking a confrontation; prepared for any contingency.


Presidential opponents are typically
loaded for bear waiting for missteps in office. Bush provided many opportunities to load up.


Old muskets were loaded by pouring gunpowder down the barrel, followed by the shot. The power of a given charge could be adjusted by adding more or less gunpowder.

When hunting large animals like bear, a large and powerful gunpowder charge would be loaded into the musket. Hence loaded for bear is to be hunting with a powerful charge ready.

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