bear/take the brunt meaning, bear/take the brunt definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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brunt  

  
To bear the brunt or take the bruntof something unpleasant means to suffer the main part or force of it.  
bear/take the brunt             phrase   V inflects, usu PHR of n  
Young people are bearing the brunt of unemployment..., A child's head tends to take the brunt of any fall.     
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bear, bearable, beat, berate

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exp.
be the most affected by a unpleasant situation; be considered the main responsible for a negative event
E.g.: If the deadline is not met, the production department will bear the brunt

head

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