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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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He grew still more irritable, and it was Princess Mary who generally bore the brunt of his frequent fits of unprovoked anger.
The Connecticut settlers, assisted by a celebrated Indian chief named Uncas, bore the brunt of this war, with but little aid from Massachusetts.
Meanwhile Agelaus son of Damastor, Eurynomus, Amphimedon, Demoptolemus, Pisander, and Polybus son of Polyctor bore the brunt of the fight upon the suitors' side; of all those who were still fighting for their lives they were by far the most valiant, for the others had already fallen under the arrows of Ulysses.
The 28-year-old is relishing kick-starting his career at Easter Road after four trying months in the football wilderness where his sweetheart bore the brunt on his terrible tantrums.
Summary: Northern Britain has bore the brunt of wintry weather that could bring almost a foot of snow to parts of the country.
The sheep, who were grazing outside the front door, bore the brunt of the impact and were killed instantly.
The eastern state of Orissa bore the brunt of the storm and in 2001 suffered another catastrophe - its worst monsoon floods in 50 years.
McNeil then bore the brunt of Paul Reid's challenge, which resulted in him being stretchered off to an ambulance with a nastylooking facial injury.
But Wirral and smaller suburbs bore the brunt of the closures.
A classic 1963 white Ford Consul Capri bore the brunt of the attack in the car park of the Holly Bush Inn, in Lawford Road, Rugby.
The county bore the brunt of the devastating floods which struck five weeks ago.
Most of those who bore the brunt of the Asian tsunami crisis in India were Dalit Christians who live by the coast and many lost their homes.
Oil and mining stocks bore the brunt of the sell-off by investors as the Footsie shed 96.
Alas, the boy band eventually bore the brunt of this middle-school world collision.
8m the previous year as the company bore the brunt of falling media revenue, last season's third-place Premiership finish and the cost of squad strengthening.