Broach means to bring up or introduce a sensitive issue. If your best friend has severe phobia of spiders, you might want to delicately broach the topic of your new pet tarantula, Mr. Fuzzy.

Let’s say you want to go on vacation with a friend and you ask your dad because he is more likely to say yes. He will probably tell you that he will broach the subject with your mom and let you know. In a less common (and older) usage of broach, if you put a hole in something in order to get out what’s inside you broach it. The piercing tool you use is also called a broach. Think of piercing someone with your idea the next time you broach a touchy issue.

Definitions of broach
  1. verb

    bring up a topic for discussion

    initiate, moot
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    address, cover, deal, handle, plow, treat

    act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression
    theologise, theologize

    treat from a theological viewpoint or render theological in character
    discourse, discuss, talk about

    consider or examine in speech or writing
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    discuss, hash out, talk over

    speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion

  2. noun

    a decorative pin worn by women

    breastpin, brooch
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    a jeweled brooch with a pattern resembling the sun
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    a piece of jewelry that is pinned onto the wearer’s garment

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