broach

UK [brəʊtʃ] / US [broʊtʃ] verb [transitive]
Word forms "broach":
present tense I/you/we/they broach he/she/it broaches present participle broaching past tense broached past participle broached
to begin discussing something with someone, especially when you feel nervous because it may upset them

He decided it was time to broach the subject of a pay rise.


English dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:
, , , (for the first time) / (a subject), , , , / , , ,


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  • Broach — may mean: *Broach (metalworking) A metalworking tool with a series of chisel points mounted on one piece of steel. *Broach (sailing) A sudden instability in the heading of a sailboat when sailing downwind. *Broach (submarine) Submarines operating …   Wikipedia

  • Broach — Broach, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Broached}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Broaching}.] [F. brocher, fr. broche. See {Broach}, n.] 1. To spit; to pierce as with a spit. [1913 Webster] I ll broach the tadpole on my rapier s point. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To tap; to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • broach — [brōch] n. [ME broche, a pin, peg, spit < OFr broche, broc < ML brocca, a spike, point < L broccus, with projecting teeth; of Celt orig.] 1. a sharp pointed rod used to hold roasting meat; spit 2. a tapered bit on a metal cutting machine …   English World dictionary

  • Broach — Broach, n. [OE. broche, F. broche, fr. LL. brocca; prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. proc thrust, stab, Gael. brog awl. Cf. {Brooch}.] 1. A spit. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] He turned a broach that had worn a crown. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. An awl; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • broach — [brəutʃ US broutʃ] v [T] [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: broach to make a hole in, stab (14 17 centuries), from broach tool for making holes (14 17 centuries), from French broche; BROOCH] 1.) broach the subject/question/matter etc to mention a subject… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • broach — [ broutʃ ] verb transitive to begin discussing something with someone, especially when you feel nervous because it may upset them: He decided it was time to broach the subject of a pay raise …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • broach — broach·er; broach; …   English syllables

  • broach — [v1] bring up a topic advance, approach, bring up, hint at, interject, interpose, introduce, mention, moot, move, offer, open up, propose, raise subject, speak of, submit, suggest, talk of, touch on, ventilate*; concept 51 Ant. not mention broach …   New thesaurus

  • broach to — (nautical) To turn to windward • • • Main Entry: ↑broach …   Useful english dictionary

  • Broach — (spr. Brotsch), 1) Stadt in dem gleichnamigen Steuerbezirke (Collectorata) der britischen Präsidentschaft Bombay in Ostindien, an der rechten Seite der Nerbudda (Nasmada), etwa 7 Ml. oberhalb deren Mündung; mit 31,330 Ew., von denen 12,971 in der …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Broach — (spr. brōtsch), Stadt, s. Barotsch …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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