bear the brunt of

bear the brunt (of something)

To suffer the worst part of an unpleasant or problematic situation. When our system crashed, the call center employees bore the brunt of our customers' anger. Because I came home late, my sister bore the brunt of our mother's frustration about her job.
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bear the brunt of

be the person to suffer the most (as the result of an attack, misfortune, etc.).
The origin of brunt is unknown, and may be onomatopoeic. The sense has evolved from the specific (‘a sharp or heavy blow’) to the more general (‘the shock or violence of an attack’).
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The revelation about the money must be made the very next morning; and if he withheld the rest, Dunstan would be sure to come back shortly, and, finding that he must bear the brunt of his father's anger, would tell the whole story out of spite, even though he had nothing to gain by it.
Hiram intended to accompany the officer as a spectator, but he felt no very strong desire to bear the brunt of the battle.
I see not one of them here; they cower as hounds before a lion; it is we, your allies, who bear the brunt of the battle.
Half an hour or more was allowed to elapse between the setting out of the horns or wings of the army before any stir was made by the Greys and their supporting regiment, known as the Buffaloes, which formed its chest, and were destined to bear the brunt of the battle.
Summary: Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], Mar 10 (ANI): Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik on Sunday requested the Center to expedite the revise of coal royalty's rate from 14percentto 20percentas the state "continues to bear the brunt of the adverse effect of mining on the environment besides increased strain on water resources and infrastructure coupled with the displacement of people".
ISLAMABAD -- Federal Minister for Railways, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed Tuesday said process had been started for the looters of the country to bear the brunt of their deeds stressing that all the robbers and thieves have been brought to book.
Robert Aderholt (R-AL): The actions and funding announced demonstrate that the President has not forgotten the American farmer and that agricultural producers will not bear the brunt of unjustified retaliation by foreign governments I applaud President Trump for standing-up to China and other foreign governments unfair trade practices.
He also said he could not fathom how the withdrawal of a powerful country like the United States from its commitment to reduce carbon emissions could affect the whole scenario of saving the planet from disasters brought about by climate change especially as small countries like the Philippines bear the brunt of their effects.
Mushahidullah said boosting adaptation in climate-sensitive agriculture, water, livestock, fisheries and forest sectors in the Asia-Pacific region, which is home to two-third of the worlds total extremely poor people, has become indispensable to abate economic inequality as mostly the poor bear the brunt of natural disasters.
Summary: Commuters from one county will bear the brunt of the new year rail fare rises, with some season tickets rising more than six per cent.
He added: "My own constituents in Louth will bear the brunt of this action and I urge [the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation] to take practical steps to persuade Vodafone to review their decision in this case."
Why should they bear the brunt of the only cuts announced so far in education?"
Also, in the event of Scotland being badly affected by such action, do the SNP government have contingency plans in place to assist vulnerable groups who might bear the brunt of prolonged action?
A survey by insolvency trade body R3 shows that almost half of its members believe the construction sector will bear the brunt of the public sector cutbacks next year.
"Too often on a Friday and Saturday night, the police and local A&E departments bear the brunt of some of the worst excesses of binge drinking and alcohol-fuelled crime and disorder.