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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).

BRINNAGE, n. The brunt (of a fight).Dmb. 1868 J. Salmon Gowodean 91:
Yield! Never; wi' a right haun at my side, I'll bide the brinnage here whate'er betide.

[A mod. hybrid formation from O.Sc. brin, to burn (see Brint) + Rom. suff. -age, often added to native Eng. words, cf. thirlage, etc. Cf. Mod.Eng. brunt, variant of burnt, in the same sense, e.g. to bear the brunt, the “hottest” of the fight.]

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