brunt [ brʌnt ] noun
the brunt
the worst part of something that has a bad effect:
bear/take the brunt of something: The Education Department is expected to bear the brunt of these cuts in funding.
The eastern area took the brunt of the storm.
It was the capital that bore the brunt of the recent flooding.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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  • Brunt — (br[u^]nt), n. [OE. brunt, bront, fr. Icel. bruna to rush; cf. Icel. brenna to burn. Cf. {Burn}, v. t.] 1. The heat, or utmost violence, of an onset; the strength or greatest fury of any contention; as, the brunt of a battle. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • brunt — [brʌnt] n bear/take/suffer etc the brunt of sth to receive the worst part of an attack, criticism, bad situation etc ▪ an industry that bore the brunt of the recession ▪ The car took the full brunt of the explosion …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • brunt — [brunt] n. [ME bront < ? ON bruna, to rush] 1. the shock (of an attack) or impact (of a blow) 2. the heaviest or hardest part [to bear the brunt of the blame] …   English World dictionary

  • brunt — /brunt/, n. the main force or impact, as of an attack or blow: His arm took the brunt of the blow. [1275 1325; ME; perh. orig. sexual assault; akin to ON brundr, G Brunft heat, ruttish state, OE brunetha heat, itching; c. OHG bronado. See BURN1]… …   Universalium

  • brunt — index burden, pressure Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • brunt — (n.) 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 …   Etymology dictionary

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  • brunt — ► NOUN ▪ the chief impact of something bad. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary