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See also: broaçh
broach (plural broaches)
- A series of chisel points mounted on one piece of steel.
- (masonry) A broad chisel for stone-cutting.
- Alternative spelling of brooch.
- A spit for cooking food.
- Francis Bacon
- He turned a broach that had worn a crown.
- Francis Bacon
- An awl; a bodkin; also, a wooden rod or pin, sharpened at each end, used by thatchers.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Forby to this entry?)
- (architecture, UK, dialect) A spire rising from a tower.
- A spit-like start on the head of a young stag.
- The stick from which candle wicks are suspended for dipping.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
- The pin in a lock which enters the barrel of the key.
- (transitive) To make a hole in, especially a cask of liquor, and put in a tap in order to draw the liquid.
- (transitive) To open, to make an opening into; to pierce.
- French knights at Agincourt were unable to broach the English line.
- (transitive, figuratively) To begin discussion about (something).
- I broached the subject of contraceptives carefully when the teenager mentioned his promiscuity.
- 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 4
- Yet he was much too much scared of broaching any man, let alone one in a peaked cap, to dare to ask.
- 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter VI
- I have tried on several occasions to broach the subject of my love to Lys; but she will not listen.
make a hole in
begin discussion about
- (intransitive) To be turned sideways to oncoming waves, especially large or breaking waves.
- The small boat broached and nearly sank, because of the large waves.
- (transitive) To cause to turn sideways to oncoming waves, especially large or breaking waves.
- (transitive) To be overcome or submerged by a wave or surge of water.
- Each time we came around into the wind, the sea broached our bow.
turn sideways to oncoming waves
cause to turn sideways to oncoming waves