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broach

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noun \ˈbrōch\

Definition of broach

  1. 1 :  brooch

  2. 2 :  any of various pointed or tapered tools, implements, or parts: as a :  a spit for roasting meat b :  a tool for tapping casks c :  a cutting tool for removing material from metal or plastic to shape an outside surface or a hole



Origin of broach

Middle English broche, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *brocca, from Latin, feminine of broccus projecting


First Known Use: 13th century

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Rhymes with broach


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broach

verb

Definition of broach

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to pierce (as a cask) in order to draw the contents; also :  to open for the first time b :  to open up or break into (as a mine or stores)

  3. 2 :  to shape or enlarge (a hole) with a broach

  4. 3 a :  to make known for the first time b :  to open up (a subject) for discussion

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to break the surface from below

broach·er noun


15th Century

First Known Use of broach

15th century

Synonym Discussion of broach

express, vent, utter, voice, broach, air mean to make known what one thinks or feels. express suggests an impulse to reveal in words, gestures, actions, or what one creates or produces <expressed her feelings in music>. vent stresses a strong inner compulsion to express especially in words <a tirade venting his frustration>. utter implies the use of the voice not necessarily in articulate speech <utter a groan>. voice does not necessarily imply vocal utterance but does imply expression or formulation in words <an editorial voicing their concerns>. broach adds the implication of disclosing for the first time something long thought over or reserved for a suitable occasion <broached the subject of a divorce>. air implies an exposing or parading of one's views often in order to gain relief or sympathy or attention <publicly airing their differences>.

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broach

verb

Definition of broach

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to veer or yaw dangerously so as to lie broadside to the waves —often used with to



Origin of broach

perhaps from 2broach


First Known Use: 1705



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