bruis·​ing | \ ˈbrü-ziŋ How to pronounce bruising (audio) \

Definition of bruising

: arduous, taxing a long and bruising courtroom battle

Examples of bruising in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stock prices have remained robust and wages have risen slightly, partly thanks to Taiwanese exporters relocating from China to cut costs and avoid the bruising effects of the U.S.-China trade war. Washington Post, "Taiwan president urges voters to turn out, uphold democracy," 10 Jan. 2020 And once entry was effected, the route was perilous: either down through smothering cream, or into a bruising welter of ice cubes into which they were jammed repeatedly, cruelly, to make the drink longer and colder. The Economist, "The World in 2020 Farewell to Starbucks’s green straws," 31 Dec. 2019 The girl, Natalia Miranda, suffered a concussion and severe bruising but is expected to make a full recovery. CBS News, "Iowa woman targeted girl she thought was Mexican in hit-and-run, police say," 20 Dec. 2019 Natalia Miranda suffered a concussion and severe bruising but is expected to recover., "News of the day from across the nation, Dec. 20," 20 Dec. 2019 The party is gearing up for a bruising leadership contest, which is expected to formally begin in early January. Arkansas Online, "U.K.'s Boris Johnson talks with Trump, welcomes new lawmakers," 16 Dec. 2019 According to the complaint, police responded to a call made my medical staff reporting that the girl was suffering from a cardiac arrest and had bruising and lacerations on her body. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Dad, 2 Women Charged After Death of W. Va. Girl Banned From Drinking Water, Starved and Beaten," 12 Dec. 2019 After a bruising first day, the alliance heads into day two of its summit Wednesday with more scope for friction between Trump and his counterparts, NBC News' Alexander Smith writes. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Trump attends NATO meetings while Dems make case for impeachment: The Morning Rundown," 4 Dec. 2019 Mike Coffman, coming off a bruising congressional re-election loss in November 2018, took barely a three-month hiatus from politics before announcing a run for mayor of Aurora. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Incoming Aurora mayor Mike Coffman says job won’t be a launching pad to higher office," 17 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of bruising

1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bruising was in 1872

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15 Jan 2020

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“Bruising.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bruising

: extremely rough or painful

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