Meaning of BROACH in English


/ brəʊtʃ; NAmE broʊtʃ/ verb

[ vn ] broach (sth) (to / with sb) to begin talking about a subject that is difficult to discuss, especially because it is embarrassing or because people disagree about it :

She was dreading having to broach the subject of money to her father.



Middle English : from Old French brochier , based on Latin brocchus , broccus projecting. The earliest recorded sense was prick with spurs , generally pierce . The current sense is a figurative use of this and dates from the late 16th cent.

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