- the main force or impact, as of an attack or blow: His arm took the brunt of the blow.
Origin of brunt
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Examples from the Web for brunt
As the Harvard Crimson noted, Byrne “had been bearing the brunt of the Harvard attack” all afternoon.When West Point Football Turned Fatal
October 30, 2014
Though vampire legends exist the world over, Romania and Bulgaria have born the brunt of the attention.Bulgaria’s Vampire Graveyards
October 15, 2014
Consequently, the ones who suffer the brunt of your bluster are not Muslims in other nations that you may want to influence.After Maher-Affleck, We Need an Honest—and Calm—Dialogue on Islam
October 10, 2014
Now, in a slightly meta moment, Brunt and Sky News are being harassed by the online community who blame them for her death.Outed Madeleine McCann Troll Kills Herself. But Millions Live On Online.
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 6, 2014
Koreans living in Japan suffer the brunt of racism and hate speech, and their situation is complex.For Top Pols In Japan Crime Doesn’t Pay, But Hate Crime Does
Jake Adelstein, Angela Erika Kubo
September 26, 2014
In fine, our fathers bore the brunt of more raging and pitiless elements than we.Old News
Keep your men well in hand, for we may have to bear the brunt of the King's dragoons.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
All at once I saw that I myself must bear the brunt of this scandal.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
On this army, it was expected, the brunt of the drive would fall.
The girl has taken the brunt of business while we played and she has only the reward of a salary.The Gorgeous Girl
- the main force or shock of a blow, attack, etc (esp in the phrase bear the brunt of)
Word Origin and History for brunt
early 14c., "a sharp blow," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old Norse brundr "sexual heat," or bruna "to advance like wildfire." Meaning "chief force" is first attested 1570s.
Idioms and Phrases with brunt
see bear the brunt.