broach

Broach means to bring up or introduce a sensitive issue. If your best friend has severe phobia of spiders, you might want to delicately broach the topic of your new pet tarantula, Mr. Fuzzy.

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.

Definitions of broach
  1. verb
    bring up a topic for discussion
    synonyms: initiate, moot
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    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
    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. noun
    a decorative pin worn by women
    synonyms: breastpin, brooch
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    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
Commonly confused words

broach / brooch

To broach a subject is to bring it up. A brooch is a decorative pin. These words sound exactly the same! They rhyme with "coach." Both come from a word root meaning "something pointy," but the spelling brooch branched off as a word for the piece of jewelry.

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