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broach
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Definition bring up a topic for discussion - especially an awkward topic

Other senses of broach include a type of jewelry and to open or pierce something.
  • I am looking for a way to tactfully broach the topic of her bad breath.
broach = bring up a topic for discussion - especially an awkward topic
  • 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
  • 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
  • broached = brought up a topic for discussion - especially an awkward topic
  • 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
  • broached = brought up a topic for discussion - especially an awkward topic
  • 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
  • broach = bring up a topic for discussion - especially an awkward topic
  • 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
  • broach = bring up a topic for discussion
  • 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
  • broach = bring up a topic for discussion - especially an awkward topic
  • 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
  • broached = brought up for discussion (an awkward topic)
  • I never broach the subjects I long to bring out into the open.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Indeed, Adams had become sufficiently confident in their "ancient goodwill" to broach the subject of slavery.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • To broach the subject at all will be a risk.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • This is the first chance I have had to broach the subject.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Especially since he couldn't quite figure out how to broach the whole job deal, which had been part of the idea for having her tag along.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • 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
  • Chacko said, finally broaching the real reason for his visit.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • A cask of wine was broached.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • "I'm wondering," he said, "just how the truth's going to be broached to him.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • But I believe this doctrine was never heard of, until it was broached upon the present occasion.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • But I believe this doctrine was never heard of until it was broached on the present occasion.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2

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