Bear Out

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Meaning of Idiom 'Bear (Something) Out'

To bear something out means to support or confirm it. 1,2

Usage Examples

"The newspaper story bears out what we all believed about the incident."

"The testimony of the second witness bears out what the first witness described."

"I think the upcoming report will bear me out."


Used since the late 1400's. 1

1. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
2. Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.

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