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Topic: DRINK

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

broach

verb
     
broach [transitive]
1

broach the subject/question/matter etc

to mention a subject that may be embarrassing or unpleasant or cause an argument:
I broached the subject of his past.
2DFD to open a bottle or barrel containing wine, beer etc
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