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  • v. Present participle of bruise.
  • n. A violent physical attack on a person.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In flax-working, the process of passing flax, after retting, between grooved rollers, to break the woody portion; scutching.
  • n. A method of treating hides by rubbing the grained side with a graining-board.
  • n. In wine-making, the process of pounding or stamping grapes with a wooden maul or pestle, to soften the skins and fleshy part.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. causing mental or emotional injury
  • adj. brutally forceful and compelling


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  • The bruising from the impact including the safety harness was really severe.

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  • Faecal matter and toilet paper are never shown, perhaps reflecting American squeamishness, though evidence of anal intercourse and vaginal bruising is spoken of like tennis scores.

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  • We dismissed it, thinking quite naturally that it was probably some bruising from the attack and since he was off the heavy duty pain killers, he was just feeling it for the first time.

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  • TIM LISTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Brussels Friday and what some describe as a bruising encounter.

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  • Members of the 1922 Committee executive, who act as the shop stewards for the parliamentary party, predict that the mid-term bruising endured by Barack Obama will come early for Mr Cameron, probably this time next year. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • 21 Thus thou calledst to remembrance the lewdness of thy youth, in bruising thy teats by the Egyptians for the paps of thy youth.

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  • The bruising is a problem, though, because it really has an impact on the appearance of sliced pears and - at the risk of sounding a bit silly - a cheese plate just doesn’t look the same with a bunch of bruised pears on it.

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  • There’s still some swelling and too much typing makes them ache, but the bruising is gone and they’re mostly useable again.)

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  • National Football League divisional playoffs made many in his hometown of Wallaceburg, Ont., recall the bruising checks Suisham used to deliver at the rink.

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