bore

[[t]bɔ͟ː(r)[/t]]
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bores, boring, bored
1) VERB If someone or something bores you, you find them dull and uninteresting.

[V n with n] Dickie bored him all through the meal with stories of the Navy...

[V n] Life in the country bores me.

2) PHRASE: V inflects (emphasis) If someone or something bores you to tears, bores you to death, or bores you stiff, they bore you very much indeed. [INFORMAL]

...a handsome engineer who bored me to tears with his tales of motorway maintenance...

I dropped out of high school. It bored me to death.

3) N-COUNT You describe someone as a bore when you think that they talk in a very uninteresting way.

There is every reason why I shouldn't enjoy his company - he's a bore and a fool.

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4) N-SING: a N You can describe a situation as a bore when you find it annoying.

It's a bore to be sick, and the novelty of lying in bed all day wears off quickly.

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5) VERB If you bore a hole in something, you make a deep round hole in it using a special tool.

[V n] Get the special drill bit to bore the correct-size hole for the job.

6) VERB If someone's eyes bore into you, they stare intensely at you. [WRITTEN]

[V into n] His eyes bored into her, paralysing her, robbing her of movement...

[V n in n] Her eyes seemed to bore a hole in mine.

7) N-COUNT: usu supp N A bore is a very large wave that moves quickly up certain rivers from the sea at particular times of the year as a result of unusual tides.
8) Bore is the past tense of bear.
9) See also , boring

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