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take the brunt

take the brunt

Date: Sep 28 2017

Themes: Friend, Health, News

Quote

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“Diversity matters, and being open-minded matters, and equality matters. If I have to take the brunt of it every now and again, I will.

—Actor Diana Huey, speaking about being the first Asian America star in Disney’s musical version of The Little Mermaid (Time)

Definition

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get the worst part of something; get the largest amount of something bad

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Imagine that you and your family are in a car crash. It was a scary car crash, and your car is now crushed. However, you and your family were lucky! You are OK. No one is badly hurt. The car received the worst part of the accident. It took the brunt of the crash and protected your family. When something or someone takes the brunt, this means that they get the worst part of the situation.

In life, we all take the brunt sometimes. Some people take the brunt of situations more than others. They might even do this to help other people. This is what Diana Huey is doing. She is the first Asian American actor to play the lead role of Ariel in Disney’s live show of The Little Mermaid. Some people say that she should not be in this show because she is Asian. Huey strongly disagrees, and she is not quitting. Instead, she is taking the brunt of these mean comments and showing that an Asian actor can be the perfect Little Mermaid. She hopes that this helps other people like her.

When did you take the brunt of a situation? Did someone ever take the brunt to protect you?

Examples

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“Thankfully, the car took the brunt of the crash, and we were OK.”

“Jane often takes the brunt of her brothers’ jokes.”

“Are you sure you want to work on Saturday again? You always take the brunt at this job.”

Winners

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Julissita To receive criticism?
by Julissita
a2020 Take many difficulties.
by a2020

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a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Sometimes i take the brunt in regard of my father and sometimes he takes the brunt in regard of me.

11:19 AM Sep 28 2017 |

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DanielBorgesSuper Member!

Portugal

Sometimes it happens. We should always have a perserverant prespective.


But the best is try anticipate it and avoid it.


Even if its not pleasant, taken a brunt sometimes make you stronger and resilient.

02:05 AM Sep 28 2017 |

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Fatihurat

Fatihurat

Turkey

all mothers take the brunt of their child

11:13 PM Sep 27 2017 |

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