bruis·​ing | \ ˈbrü-ziŋ \

Definition of bruising

: arduous, taxing a long and bruising courtroom battle

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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 Serbia, from which Kosovo seceded in 2008 after a bruising ethnic conflict that left 13,000 people dead, has never recognized its former province as an independent state. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "U.S. and EU—but Not Germany— Support Land Swap in Balkans," 29 Sep. 2018 Some aesthetic doctors recommend eating fresh pineapple or taking homeopathic bromelain supplements in the days before and after cosmetic injections to minimize bruising and swelling. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 De Blasio proposed his own attempt to cap Uber and Lyft vehicles in 2015, but eventually dropped it after a bruising battle with the app companies. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber and Lyft are facing a major crackdown in New York City," 27 July 2018 The search-engine giant has suffered a bruising period after reporting a surging profit on slowing growth in sales, setting up shares of Alphabet for their weakest year since 2014. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Taking Toll of Tech’s Tumble," 18 Nov. 2018 Behind Carson and Davis, the Seahawks have begun to establish a bruising offensive identity. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Don’t look now, but between Chris Carson and Mike Davis, the Seahawks might have a running game," 8 Oct. 2018 Since pears have very delicate skin, light bruising isn't necessarily a bad thing. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Pick the Most Delicious Pears Every Time," 19 Sep. 2018 Medical staff reported discovering widespread bruising, bite marks on his leg and injuries to his genitals, among other things. Indianapolis Star, "Baby who died due to extensive trauma was on DCS radar since December, Fox59 is reporting," 25 Apr. 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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