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I have scratching my head over something I heard in a movie description:

Their jaws drop as a globe of churning green light bores down to the earth in front of them.

I only know "bear down" as a phrasal verb meaning "press down", but here apparently the narration is in the present tense. "Bore" as a verb means to make hole or to penetrate, but "bore down" doesn't seem to be an idiomatic phrase. So why does it say bores down here? I am putting the audio clip here for reference (available through an audio sharing site, Clyp).

  • It says "bores down into the earth". The verb is bore not bear and it means to create a hole by drilling. down into the earth gives the physical specifics of the drilling there. The drilling is on the vertical axis, like a water well. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Apr 25 '18 at 11:33
  • In any event, the past tense of bear is bore never bores. There is no grammatical number marker in the past. Today I bear, yesterday I bore, and he, she, it, we, you, and they bore. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Apr 25 '18 at 11:41

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