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bear the brunt

Meaning: If you bear the brunt of something, you suffer the worst of its impact or its effects.

For example:

  • The driver bore the brunt of the crash because he was right at the front of the bus.

  • The team's coach bore the brunt of the criticism because he'd selected the players who'd performed so badly.

Quick Quiz:

Towns that bear the brunt of floods are usually those that are located
  1. close to a river
  2. high on a hill
  3. far from a river

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