brunt

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

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English; perhaps orig. 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


thrust, stress, burden.
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brunt (brʌnt)
 
n
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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brunt
early 14c., "a sharp blow," of uncertain origin, perhaps from O.N. brundr "sexual heat," or bruna "to advance like wildfire." Meaning "chief force" is first attested 1570s.
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Idioms & Phrases

brunt

see bear the brunt.

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Example sentences
BP bears the brunt of the report's stinging criticism, but not all of it.
How interesting that the staff must always be take the brunt of criticism.
Now relatively unskilled youngsters are bearing the brunt of the recession.
In my state, the universities always bear the brunt of an economic crisis.
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