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broach (verb) raise a topic (for discussion).
To raise a topic, especially one which is difficult to discuss because it is unpleasant, or because an agreement on it is difficult, is to broach the topic. For example, sex can be a difficult subject to discuss with people of certain age groups. So, broaching the subject is embarrassing. A discussion about the settlement of accounts when there are serious differences about the sums owed can be very difficult, so broaching the subject is difficult.
- The member of the school board decided to broach the topic of sex education in the school at the next board meeting, even though he knew that some conservative members of the board would not agree to the discussion.
- Amy and her husband agree to disagree on their relations with the in-laws of each other, so they never broach the subject in any of their discussions.