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brunt

If you are the oldest child, you might bear the brunt of your parents' anger, even if you are not the instigator of the misdeed. Brunt means the worst part of something.

When Canadian geese fly south, they travel in a V-formation, with the bird at point bearing the brunt of the headwind. One way to remember the word brunt is that words that sound like it—grunt and blunt—are also about being tough or absorbing pain.

Definitions of brunt
  1. noun
    main force of a blow, etc,
    “bore the brunt of the attack”
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    type of:
    force, forcefulness, strength
    physical energy or intensity
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