adjective Date: 1872 arduous, taxing <
a long and bruising courtroom battle

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • bruising — bruis|ing1 [ˈbru:zıŋ] n [U] purple or brown marks that you get on your skin where you have fallen, been hit etc bruising to/on ▪ She suffered severe bruising to her arms and legs. bruising 2 bruising2 adj difficult and unpleasant, and leaving you …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • bruising — I UK [ˈbruːzɪŋ] / US [ˈbruzɪŋ] noun 1) a) [uncountable] an area of bruises on your body He suffered bruising to his face. b) marks on a piece of fruit that has been damaged 2) [singular] damage to someone s reputation or confidence He took a… …   English dictionary

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  • bruising — noun A violent physical attack on a person. Youd better shut up or youll get a bruising …   Wiktionary

  • bruising — bruːz n. area of discoloration on the skin caused by a blow, contusion v. cause a wound, make a contusion, injure; be injured, be wounded …   English contemporary dictionary

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