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broach (orig.=‘to pierce’; 3 now the usual sense)
1. to stick (a thing) on a sword's point as on a spit H5 V. Chor. 32 “Bringing rebellion broached on his sword,” Tit. IV. ii. 86.
2. to tap (a cask), only fig. MND. V. i. 149 “with blade . . . He bravely broach'd his boiling bloody breast,” Tim. II. ii. 187 “broach the vessels of my love” ; with “blood” as the obj. 1H6 III. iv. 40, 2H6 IV. x. 40.
3. to begin, introduce in conversation or discussion Shr. I. ii. 85 “that I broach'd in jest,” H8 II. iv. 147 “broach this business to your highness,” Ant. I. ii. 183.
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    • William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra, 1.2
    • William Shakespeare, Henry V, 5.prologue
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry VI, 3.4
    • William Shakespeare, The Second Part of Henry VI, 4.10
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 5.1
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