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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

broach, brooch

The verb broach means to open up a subject or a container of liquid.

  • I hesitated to broach the subject of his behaviour at the meeting.
  • The rowdy mutineers broached the casks of rum and began to drink.

A brooch is a piece of jewellery which is fastened with a pin.

  • The entertainer wore a lovely brooch on the lapel of her jacket.