Brunt

To bear the brunt. To bear the stress, the heat, and collision. The same word as “burn.” (Icelandic, bruni, burning heat, bren; Anglo-Saxon, brenning, burning.) The “brunt of a battle” is the hottest part of the fight. (Compare “fire-brand.”)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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