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Definition of "broach" []

  • To bring up (a subject) for discussion or debate. (verb-transitive)
  • To announce: We broached our plans for the new year. (verb-transitive)
  • To pierce in order to draw off liquid: broach a keg of beer. (verb-transitive)
  • To draw off (a liquid) by piercing a hole in a cask or other container. (verb-transitive)
  • To shape or enlarge (a hole) with a tapered, serrated tool. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "broach" in a sentence
  • "BROOCH, or BROACH (from the Fr. _broche_, originally an awl or bodkin; a spit is sometimes called a broach, and hence the phrase "to broach a barrel"; see BROKER), a term now used to denote a clasp or fastener for the dress, provided with a pin, having a hinge or spring at one end, and a catch or loop at the other."
  • "There are so many more things to consider in adult life that you just can’t broach from the viewpoint of a teenager or younger."
  • "Vintners tap a cask by broaching it, or enlarging a hole with a boring-bit also called a broach."