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A phrase of warning used to prevent oneself or others from asking or doing something that might provoke a negative response from someone or something else.
Employee 1: "Should I ask the boss for a day off?"
Employee 2: "He just found out his wife left him, so don't poke the bear."

by Ken Brenan 2 April 27, 2008
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Referring to the heavy unfashionable winter jacket and patterned mittens Sanders wore to the inauguration of Joe Biden.
Its brutally cold outside this morning so be sure you're Bundled Like Bernie!
by Talk2me-JCH January 24, 2021
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A phrase uttered to ward off people who are needlessly angering, upseting, or annoying you... sometimes even going out of the way to do so. A different way to warn people that they're on thin ice, or that a joke is going too far.
John, eating pancakes: Ughh, these are terrible...

Macy: I'm sorry I tried not to burn them this time...

John, laughing: The syrup isn't even seeping in!

Macy: Hey, you never cook so don't complain!

John, still giggling, takes another bite and makes a gagging sound

Macy: Hey, don't poke the bear!
by bahalaugh January 23, 2011
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