Is it "bear" or "bare" with me?

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“Bear with me,” the standard expression, is a request for forbearance or patience.

“Bare with me” would be an invitation to undress.

(Common Errors in English Usage, by Paul Brians)

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    Think bear and as in bear a burden. – Umang Aug 19 '10 at 11:59

The phrasal verb is bear with, not bare with.
Bear with me means have patience with me, or be tolerant with me.

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