the brunt of


: the main force or effect of (something harmful or dangerous)
Cities on the coast felt/bore the brunt of the storm.
His troops took the brunt of the enemy attack.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Another big jump in mortgage rates would be a gut punch for many homebuyers and sellers, who were at the brunt of last year’s mortgage rate shock. Lance Lambert, Fortune, 14 May 2023 While residents in poorer, predominantly Black neighborhoods continue to bear the brunt of the bloodshed, shocking incidents of violence had spread to other parts of the city. Holly Bailey, Washington Post, 12 May 2023 Travelers heading to airports are advised to contact their airline for up-to-date flight states and delay their trips if possible as the brunt of the storms passes through town. Dan Carson, Chron, 10 May 2023 Delaney-Smith and Feaster took the brunt of a media onslaught. Ethan Fuller,, 13 Mar. 2023 Mahomes was tackled by Eagles linebacker T.J. Edwards with 1:44 left in the second quarter, and his right foot took the brunt of the fall. Safid Deen, USA TODAY, 13 Feb. 2023 The situation in low-income countries, which bear the brunt of strep A infection, presents tremendous challenges. Dylan D. Barth And Mark E. Engel, STAT, 2 Feb. 2023 Airports in Texas bore the brunt of the cancellations, with Dallas-Fort Worth International, Dallas Love Field and Austin-Bergstrom International particularly affected. Gareth Vipers And Adolfo Flores, WSJ, 31 Jan. 2023 After his mismanagement — which included massive tax cuts and a sudden ban on chemical fertilizer — ran an economy already feeling the brunt of Covid pandemic into the ground, the younger Mr. Rajapaksa was forced to resign as president and briefly flee the country last year. Mujib Mashal, New York Times, 12 Jan. 2023 See More

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“The brunt of.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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