take the brunt of (something)

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take the brunt of (something)

To suffer the worst part of an unpleasant or problematic situation. When our system crashed, the call center employees took the brunt of our customers' anger. Because I came home late, my sister took the brunt of our mother's frustration about her job.
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Can run nowhere else, be out of breath, So terrified the mind is in such a whirl, Just nature's blessings around them curled, When to God Almighty they do go, He, all the bad things on earth to know, So cruel are the ways of the fox and hound, Those who practise it, by God will be found, The last word will have its own say, With their own conscience they will pay, Just for sport to do this deed, For it, really there is no need, The fox takes the brunt of this cruel sport, One day they may be in such an entanglement caught, For what goes around, comes around it is said, Our own destiny by us is led, So all will come out in one way or another, God help us in things that are there to uncover, Justice is not a thing of the past, It is in our lives and of others cast.
Whether squatting, standing, or stomping to some mossy memory on the radio, the knee takes the brunt.
The chin bubble on the pilot's side of the aircraft takes the brunt of the rapid firing of 1,100 rounds per minute.
The motorist again takes the brunt of financial robbery.
Her mother left them some years ago and Taylor takes the brunt of her father's anger and disapproval.
What happens is, there's a division in the room when the players can't agree on how to play, and the coach takes the brunt of that.
But it is Nagin who takes the brunt of the assault: he did not call for a complete evacuation early enough, nor did he prepare his resources to come back after the devastation to pick up the pieces.
White cops clash with black cops as a poor African- American housing estate in New Jersey takes the brunt of the blame for the boy's disappearance.
The quads are important muscles that support the joint that otherwise takes the brunt of the impact stress due to running.
But as most of us don't have similar bank balances to the Beckhams, this can mean the credit card takes the brunt of it.
It appears that the taxpayer takes the brunt of this internal conflict.
We in the Midlands will suffer more, as manufacturing takes the brunt of economic uncertainty.
Rich Passage, which lies mid-way through the ferry's Seattle-to-Bremerton commute, takes the brunt of the ferries' 24 daily passes at a speed of 34 knots.
PHOTO (1--2--color) Above, Lakers forward Corie Bount takes the brunt of Mark Strickland's forearm.
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