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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, to

To put up with the worst of any hardship, violence, or other misfortune. The term dates from the early fifteenth century, when brunt signified the main force of an enemy’s assault, which was borne by the front ranks of an army aligned in the field of battle. It was used by John Lydgate in his Chronicle of Troy (1430) and later began to be used figuratively, as by Robert Browning in “Prospice” (1864): “. . . fare like my peers, The heroes of old, Bear the brunt . . . of pain, darkness and cold.”
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Hiram intended to accompany the officer as a spectator, but he felt no very strong desire to 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".
United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer: President Trump is taking strong action, as he promised, to make sure Americas farmers and ranchers are not left to bear the brunt of illegal retaliation by China and other countries.
THE Government's axe is due to fall in Kirklees and education is to bear the brunt along with roads.
Is the North, as usual, going to bear the brunt of the cuts and get the scraps from the table in terms of economic development?
John Allan, FSB's Merseyside chairman, said: "Small businesses continue to bear the brunt of the financial crisis and are being penalised with extortionately high interest rates.
Summary: Schools will to bear the brunt of Tory spending cuts if they win the general election, Children's Secretary Ed Balls will claim.
He added the council would have to bear the brunt of "a double whammy because it caused a lot of damage to softer roads and this will affect our roads programme".
Police vacated the building in more than 2 hours but no bomb was found resulting in police and other teams to bear the brunt.
It is pertinent to mention that police the other day raided various areas in Lyari and had to bear the brunt from a stiff resistance of anti state elements who fired rockets at vehicles and opened shelling and fire on police.
Forecasters warn some areas could experience up to three-quarters of the month's average rainfall in one day, with south-west England and south Wales expected to bear the brunt.
While the north of the country is expected to bear the brunt of the Arctic blast, Cardiff and other low-lying areas may also see a dusting of snow.
Expecting car-makers and consumers to bear the brunt of the new regulations will be like flushing the UK motor industry down the loo with one pull of the chain.
It was reported that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs had been ordered to cut its spending by pounds 200m in six months, with the Environment Agency expected to bear the brunt.