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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 something)

to withstand the worst part or the strongest part of something, such as an attack. I had to bear the brunt of her screaming and yelling. Why don't you talk with her the next time she complains? I'm tired of bearing the brunt of her objections.
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bear the brunt

Put up with the worst of some bad circumstance, as in It was the secretary who had to bear the brunt of the doctor's anger. This idiom uses brunt in the sense of "the main force of an enemy's attack," which was sustained by the front lines of the defenders. [Second half of 1700s]
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bear the brunt of something

COMMON If someone or something bears the brunt of an unpleasant or damaging event, they take the main force of its harmful effects. Station staff always bear the brunt of public anger over fare rises. When the sufferer is in pain, frustrated by their own weakness, you will bear the brunt of their anger, guilt and inadequacy. Note: Verbs such as take, feel and receive are sometimes used instead of bear. The two buildings which took the brunt of the blast will probably have to be demolished.
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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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bear the ˈbrunt of something

suffer most as the result of an attack, a loss, bad luck, etc: We all lost money when the business collapsed, but I bore the brunt of it because I had invested the most.
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References in classic literature ?
Besides, he was really bearing the brunt of the fight, was in the thick of it, dizzy with the striking of blows and the blows he received.
The tropical cyclone made six landfalls during its stay within the PAR, with Eastern Visayas bearing the brunt of Urduja.
Moscow, SANA -- Russian Foreign Ministry criticized the "modest" results of the anti-ISIS coalition, affirming that the Syrian government is bearing the brunt of combating terrorism that poses a threat to the Middle East region.
Meanwhile, the public is bearing the brunt of this situation, which could worsen and go on for years, Saadeh added.
It will continue into tomorrow with eastern counties and Scotland bearing the brunt.
Chris Ball, chief executive of The Age and Employment Network, said: "As we suspected, with the job market turning down and employers shedding staff, it appears to be older workers and particularly older women who are bearing the brunt of many lay-offs.
He adds, "Women and children are bearing the brunt of this pandemic--this vicious circle can and must be stopped.
Bearing the brunt of his master's ambition is Bartimaeus, who has been trapped in the earthly realm far too long.
It is also another case of Scotland bearing the brunt of Government cost cuts.
Southern England was bearing the brunt of the storms sweeping up from Spain but the north and Scotland will also feel the cold snap tomorrow.
Less-affluent nations may be bearing the brunt as developed nations including the United States crack down on mercury pollution.
Police said there were long tailbacks on many major routes, with the A19 bearing the brunt of the snow and four-mile queues of traffic.
Medicare beneficiaries in poor health are bearing the brunt of substantial cost-sharing increases in the Medicare Plus Choice program, The Commonwealth Fund reports.
And once again it is those sectors to which businesses and private consumers are heavily exposed which are bearing the brunt of the falls - upper medium Vauxhall Vectra and Ford Mondeo size cars, and superminis.
And once again it is those sec-tors to which businesses and private consumers are heavily exposed which are bearing the brunt of the falls - upper medium (Vectra/Mondeo size) and supermini.