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brunt (noun) (used as part of the phrase, 'take/bear the brunt of') receive the worst of something unpleasant.
When you bear the brunt of something, you get the worst part of some bad thing, like an attack, blame, etc.. If you and some others together do something wrong, and if you are blamed for it more than the others, you bear the brunt of the blame. In the World War II, Japan bore the brunt of the allies' attack with two of its cities becoming the first victims of atomic weapons, with long term disastrous consequences. The US bore the brunt of the Japanese attack when Pearl Harbor was bombed. An employed woman bears the brunt of work, as, in addition to her usual job, she has to attend to the household work. In all the sentences above, 'brunt' means, a major portion of a bad thing.
- As the industry withdraws its financial support to education, universities and major research programs have to bear the brunt of the financial crunch.
- Though the four of them were equally responsible for the failure of the project, Jeremy had to bear the brunt of the blame and was sacked.