broach

As a verb, broach means to bring up or introduce a sensitive issue. As a noun, a broach is one of those dowdy pins your Great Aunt Edna wears. Telling her not to wear it is a subject you should probably not broach.

Let's say you want to go on vacation with a friend and you ask your dad because he is more likely to say yes. He will probably tell you that he will broach the subject with your mom and let you know. In a less common (and older) usage of broach, if you put a hole in something in order to get out what's inside you broach it. The piercing tool you use is also called a broach. Think of piercing someone with your idea the next time you broach a touchy issue.

Primary Meanings of broach

1.
v
bring up a topic for discussion
2.
n
a decorative pin worn by women
Full Definitions of broach
1

v bring up a topic for discussion

Synonyms:
initiate, moot
Types:
address, cover, deal, handle, plow, treat
act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression
theologise, theologize
treat from a theological viewpoint or render theological in character
discourse, discuss, talk about
to consider or examine in speech or writing
Type of:
discuss, hash out, talk over
speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion
2

n a decorative pin worn by women

Synonyms:
breastpin, brooch
Types:
sunburst
a jeweled brooch with a pattern resembling the sun
Type of:
pin
a piece of jewelry that is pinned onto the wearer's garment

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