Posted by Word Camel on January 19, 2005
In Reply to: *bear* with me posted by prof d'anglais on January 19, 2005
: Yes, I had explained the definition, realised the spelling mistake and did correct it but I still don't know what the origins are.
I think this is one of those figures of speech in English that you are not likely to find a specific origin for.
I had another look at the OED and it has been used in this sense and along with the word "with" since 1586 however, Shakespeare used in his play, Julius Caesar 1601 "Beare with me, my heart is in the coffin there with Cæsar." So perhaps it comes from the play. I'm thinking though, that it is just a typical English construction that has been around for ages.