Invertext Online Technical Dictionary

bear the brunt


llevar la peor parte

Definition 1

Withstand the heaviest burden of a negative development.

Source: Invertext

Context: Spain bore the brunt of the damaging contagion from the Greek sovereign debt crisis yesterday, with the Ibex 35 stock market index falling 5.4 per cent.

Source: Financial Times 05/05/2010 (Victor Mallet in Madrid)


Brunt, for anyone who's interested, is a old dialect form of the past tense and participal of the verb 'to burn', which at a guess means it refers to the front ranks of besiegers in medieval times who got the burning oil down their necks.

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