Bring On Meaning
(idiomatic, intransitive, US, informal, often as imperative) To pose a challenge or threat; to attack; to compete aggressively.
Example: Excessive drinking can bring on depression
1998 October, Steve Brodner, â€œDubya!â€, Esquire, volume 130, number 4, page 106:
The impatience here is palpable: 2000, here we come! Bring on Gore! Bring em all on!
2011 January 8, Paul Fletcher, â€œStevenage 3 - 1 Newcastleâ€, BBC:
Stevenage's first-half performance forced a change of formation from Newcastle at the break, as they brought on Nile Ranger for Leon Best and switched to a 4-2-3-1 set-up.
1997 November 24, â€œThe Judges May Have Done Foreman Favorâ€, Richmond Times Dispatch, Virginia:
Not that Briggs was capable of bringing it on. He got in, maybe, one really good shot: a right to Foreman's ample belly
1998 March 13, â€œBringing it on: Maine W. vs. New Trierâ€, Chicago Tribune:
Kevin Frey and Lucas Johnson stared back and gestured to bring it on.
2001 October 3, â€œGetting Vocal About Anthemsâ€, Los Angeles Times:
Christina Aguilera has a strong voice (she really brought it on in "Lady Marmalade," but I'm afraid her hairdo wouldn't make it past the security devices
2005 October 27, â€œA Truly Big Daddyâ€, San Jose Mercury News, California:
It's the performances, and thus far only Big Daddy truly brings it on.
2005 October 28, â€œFirst-year coaches already making impactâ€, Anniston Star, Alabama:
We have a very young team and I think they've really brought it on strong at the end.
2007 March 27, â€œLady Warriors jump out to a strong beginningâ€, Ruidoso News, Ruidos, NM:
We have some good defensive players and Breanna Mails is really bringing it on as a pitcher
2010, Alan Goldenbach, â€œHutchinson, Richard Montgomery top Blair, 1-0â€, Washington Post:
"She really brought it on when she needed it," Rockets Coach Watson Prather said of his pitcher.