bear the brunt

This page is about the idiom bear the brunt


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

a. close to a river

b. high on a hill

c. far from a river

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Contributor: Matt Errey