Meaning of loaded for bear in English:

loaded for bear

phrase

informal North American
  • Fully prepared for any eventuality, especially a confrontation or challenge.

    • ‘as my ancestors were wont to say, watch out, John Bull, I'm loaded for bear!’
    • ‘Now, additionally armed with the Sony DSC-T1 pocket camera, I'm 5 megapixels across the board and loaded for bear.’
    • ‘We're in the midst of a major exercise and the B52's are all prepped and ready to go; loaded for bear and ready to crush an imaginary foe.’
    • ‘Sure, several nations are now loaded for bear, but they all insist that they would never be the first to touch off a nuclear conflict.’
    • ‘I had a mid-afternoon case of the sleepies and now I'm wide-awake and loaded for bear.’
    • ‘No subtlety, no finesse, just 30 guys showing up, loaded for bear and ready to die.’
    • ‘For Lehman, the Pike staff ‘came in loaded for bear.’’
    • ‘It'll tell you that the 2000 Redskins were loaded for bear, that the 2001 Rams couldn't be stopped and that Michael Vick was destined to change the way the quarterback position is played.’
    • ‘With Garciaparra expected back later this month and Martinez apparently over his usual midseason health scare, the Sox could be loaded for bear like never before in the second half of the season.’
    • ‘Expedition No 2 sees the intrepid trio bound for the Congo after Goliath Tigerfish, loaded for bear.’
    • ‘Ashcroft went before the Commission loaded for bear.’
    • ‘Loge, of Brentwood, Calif., has gone to the late rounds at just about every event he's attended and is loaded for bear.’
    • ‘Manucci's mouth is loaded for bear, and he manages to keep insulting and lying to them even under torture or threat of death.’
    • ‘There stumbled a miner fresh from the creeks, dog-dirty, and loaded for bear.’
    • ‘This was a one-squadron show so we were out in force and loaded for bear.’
    • ‘I think it goes without question that you know that Penske is going to be loaded for bear because it's in their backyard.’

    Origin

    With allusion to the large calibre of ammunition used when hunting bear.