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brunt

[ bruhnt ]
/ brʌnt /
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noun

the main force or impact, as of an attack or blow: His arm took the brunt of the blow.

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Origin of brunt

1275–1325; Middle English; perhaps originally sexual assault; akin to Old Norse brundr,German Brunft heat, ruttish state, Old English brunetha heat, itching; cognate with Old High German bronado.See burn1
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British Dictionary definitions for brunt

brunt
/ (brʌnt) /

noun

the main force or shock of a blow, attack, etc (esp in the phrase bear the brunt of)
C14: of unknown origin
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Idioms and Phrases with brunt

brunt

see bear the brunt.

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