To bear the brunt of the blame.
Bore the brunt of the household chores.
An example of a brunt is the hardest hit part of a car in an accident.
An example of a brunt is having the main responsibility for all of the parts of a group project.
Unfortunately, poor areas such as those in New Orleans bore the brunt of Hurricane Katrina's winds.
Origin of brunt
- Middle English perhaps of Scandinavian origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old Norse brundr/brundtið (“oestrus, rut”) or bruna (“to rush”).