bruising

adjective
bruis·​ing | \ˈbrü-ziŋ \

Definition of bruising 

: arduous, taxing a long and bruising courtroom battle

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China’s leaders are bracing for a bruising fight with the United States over trade. Alexandra Stevenson, BostonGlobe.com, "Xiaomi’s weak IPO raises doubts about China’s tech boom," 9 July 2018 The concern here is whether the bruising primary has already left the eventual nominee hobbled entering the general election contest against Donnelly. Terence Burlij, CNN, "Four big 2018 questions that will be answered over the next four weeks," 7 May 2018 Its leaders attempted to moderate their positions on immigration after a bruising loss in the 2012 presidential election. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "On immigration, Trump is making life absolutely miserable for Republicans in Congress," 20 June 2018 Both bids are expected to get a close look from antitrust regulators at the Justice Department, which earlier this week suffered a bruising loss when a judge approved AT&T Inc.’s acquisition of Time Warner Inc. with no conditions. Joe Flint, WSJ, "Disney, Comcast Bids for Fox Assets Could Face Regulatory Sticking Point: Sports," 14 June 2018 City of Dayton Tax Rollback Referendum The city took a bruising loss in the tax rollback referendum with 78.73 percent of citizens voting for the rollback. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Low voter turnout for Uniform elections," 6 May 2018 China’s leaders are bracing for a bruising fight with the United States over trade. Alexandra Stevenson, BostonGlobe.com, "Xiaomi’s weak IPO raises doubts about China’s tech boom," 9 July 2018 China’s leaders are bracing for a bruising fight with the United States over trade. Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, "Xiaomi’s Weak I.P.O. Raises Doubts About China’s Tech Boom," 8 July 2018 Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit: Barrett is a relatively new appeals court judge in Chicago, confirmed last year after a bruising confirmation fight. chicagotribune.com, "7 judges who could be on Trump's list to replace Kennedy on Supreme Court," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of bruising

1872, in the meaning defined above

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bruising

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bruising

: extremely rough or painful

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