Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

bear the brunt of

bear the brunt of
Meaning(s)
1) suffer the most as a result of something
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    • bear the brunt of the blame
  • Analysis

    To 'bear the brunt' of something is to endure the worst possible outcome. For example, houses on the coast will bear the brunt of a storm, compared to houses further inland. Low-income families will bear the brunt of rising food prices, compared to wealthy families. You will hear this expression in lots of contexts, social or professional.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. As the person who came up with the idea of going to Budapest on holiday, I bore the brunt of the blame when it turned out to be a disaster. 
    2. Dublin has been bearing the brunt of the severe weather conditions all weekend, with outside areas only mildly affected.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. I don't think it was fair that I had to bear the brunt of the criticism for the breakdown of the talks. After all, I wasn't the lead negotiator. 
    2. When two of my colleagues got ill I bore the brunt of the overtime they had agreed to.
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