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broach
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I am looking for a way to tactfully broach the topic of her bad breath.
  bring up a topic for discussion - especially an awkward topic
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  • I am looking for a way to tactfully broach the topic of her bad breath.
  • After some further discussion, my mother promised once more to assist me, provided I would wait and be patient; and I left her to broach the matter to my father, when and how she deemed it most advisable: never doubting her ability to obtain his consent.
    Anne Bronte  --  Agnes Grey
  • He was a very ambitious boy, full of plans for his future, which he discussed quite freely with Rebecca, but when she broached the subject of her future his interest sensibly lessened.
    Kate Douglas Wiggin  --  Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm
  • I never even seriously broached the subject with her until 1977, when I was in college and had to fill out a form that for some reason or other required Ma’s maiden name.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water

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  • I know my dad was worried, and he would sometimes, in his own shy way, broach the subject of college, but by then I’d made up my mind not to go.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • Janie acted glad to see her and after a while Pheoby broached her with, "Janie, everybody’s talkin’ ’bout how..."
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • That she’d lost weight, hardly seemed to be eating at all, and was really snippy every time Kirsten tried to broach either topic.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • Just leave it to me; I will broach the subject very cleverly—I will think of something that will please him very much.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • Yet neither of them broached the subject of what was going to happen to their relationship in the future.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • He stares at the floor like he’s trying to think of a delicate way to broach the subject.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed

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  • But by the end of the school year, Ruth still wasn’t sure how to broach the subject to him.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Still, I wasn’t sure how to broach the subject.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • I once broached the mere topic of selling you to unscrupulous warlocks, and she was not amused.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • When the extradition delay struck, the situation grew too weird to broach with friends who didn’t know:"I’m going to prison . someday?"
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • And yet I could hardly contain myself, able to broach such subjects after those many months of drudgery and routine and anxious inaction.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • When Mr. Brill dared to broach the possibility of a U-shaped "carriageway" out front, Junior all but exploded.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Each time I broached a new subject, it revealed some astonishing gap in the kids’ knowledge.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Mahesh, broaching a new idea, liked to be mysterious.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Then finally it was she, not I, who broached the subject which I knew had been uppermost in her mind as well as my own.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • And as the days went by, the subject got harder and harder to broach.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • I hoped that if I casually broached the subject of Kjirsten with the employees, I could tease out something the handful of reporters before me had somehow missed.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • She stood next to two other tall, pale men—both wearing identical clothing to the man I was chained to—black cloaks with blood-red broaches.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • FOR SOME REASON, DURING this strained interlude (possibly because Platt’s mysterious trouble reminded me of my own) it occurred to me that maybe I ought to tell Hobie about the painting, or —at the very least—broach the subject in some oblique manner, to see what his reaction would be.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • To broach the subject at all will be a risk.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • In all of these bull sessions, not once did they broach the subject of the crash.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • But later, when he broached Nana, she dropped the knife with which she was slicing onions.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • It wasn’t until they got back into Coach’s car after the movie that Kanue finally broached the subject.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • The faster your lifeboat broaches to the waves, the better.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • I never broach the subjects I long to bring out into the open.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • I could see that he had something on his mind, which he wanted to say, but felt some hesitancy about broaching the subject.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Haley and the stranger smoked a while in silence, neither seeming willing to broach the test question of the interview.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Their good luck, they felt, had given them the right to think about a home; and sitting out on the doorstep that summer evening, they held consultation about it, and Jurgis took occasion to broach a weighty subject.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Besides which, the Musketeer, after having exchanged a hearty shake of the hand with him, broached the matter first.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Eragon read them and made no mention of it, nor did Oromis broach the topic.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The idea of offering resistance to the Germans was broached with increasing frequency.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • What was Odysseus wearing? A fleecy purple cloak fastened by a broach depicting an elaborately wrought hunting scene.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • But he could not broach that subject with her.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Vanger looked down at his hands, then sipped his coffee, as if he needed a pause before he could at last begin to broach what he wanted.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • It had not occurred to me before, that he had led up to the theme for the purpose of clearing it out of our way; but we were so much the lighter and easier for having broached it, that I now perceived this to be the case.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • It was when Uncle Henry was giving her an account of her property that he broached the matter of her permanent residence in Atlanta.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • My brother thought that was hopeless, seeing the fury of the Londoners to crowd upon the trains, and broached his own idea of striking across Essex towards Harwich and thence escaping from the country altogether.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • I waited a few moments, expecting he would go on with the subject first broached: but he seemed to have entered another train of reflection: his look denoted abstraction from me and my business.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • You know you can broach any subject with me.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • That night she broached the subject as soon as Sykes sat down to the table.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Sweat
  • He dreaded what Colonel Cathcart would think when the news that he was suspected of being Washington Irving was brought to him, then fell to fretting over what Colonel Cathcart was already thinking about him for even having broached the subject of sixty missions.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Double grog was going on the least excuse; there was duff on odd days, as, for instance, if the squire heard it was any man’s birthday, and always a barrel of apples standing broached in the waist for anyone to help himself that had a fancy.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • —I never broach the subject, Davy Byrne said humanely, if I see a gentleman is in trouble that way.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • A cask of wine was broached.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Then the King of the Hundred Knights voided the horse lightly, and with his sword he broached the horse of King Ban through and through.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • What have Cascajo, and the broaches and the proverbs and the airs, to do with what I say?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
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