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

Definition of bruising

: arduous, taxing a long and bruising courtroom battle

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In northwestern Syria, where the government is threatening an offensive in Idlib province, 1 million children — many of them already displaced more than once by the conflict — are bracing for a bruising military campaign. Albert Aji And Alice Su, Fox News, "Back to school, but not for all of Syria's children," 7 Sep. 2018 Narrowly surviving at the Republican convention after a bruising campaign, Ford spontaneously invited Reagan to join him at the podium as a show of Republican unity. Evan Thomas, New York Times, "Gerald Ford, President Nice Guy," 26 June 2018 Environmentalists decry the method as overly risky, and regulatory permitting for these projects is a bruising process. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America's New Energy Coast," 19 Mar. 2019 And in December, Keisha Lance Bottoms became the second black woman to win the mayoral race in Atlanta following a bruising contest that almost led to the first nonblack mayor elected in the city in 44 years. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "London Breed’s historic San Francisco mayoral victory comes as a wave of black women seek political power," 14 June 2018 Republicans were desperate to avoid another bruising shutdown. Andrew Taylor, The Seattle Times, "Congressional lawmakers reach deal on border wall funding," 11 Feb. 2019 Elsewhere Facebook employees are calling former colleagues to look for jobs outside the company and asking about the best way to leave Sal Rodriguez reports on an uptick in Facebook employees looking for the exits after a bruising couple of years. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Google’s appearance before Congress will mark a turning point for its CEO," 5 Dec. 2018 So too was Kemp’s opponent in the bruising GOP runoff, Lt. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "A quick game of quarters," 27 July 2018 Kavanaugh was sworn in to the Supreme Court on Sunday and took part in another ceremonial swearing-in event at the White House on Monday after weeks of a bruising battle over his confirmation. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump says Kavanaugh allegations were a “hoax”," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of bruising

1872, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bruising

: extremely rough or painful

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an enemy or opponent

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