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,, "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., "7 judges who could be on Trump's list to replace Kennedy on Supreme Court," 27 June 2018 Elon Musk / Twitter Benchmark and Bill Gurley spent the last year in a bruising fight with Uber’s CEO. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Inside Tesla’s big tent — a pop-up outdoor assembly line," 25 June 2018 But the departure sets up a potentially bruising confirmation battle in the Senate with whomever Trump nominates as the next EPA administrator. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Trump EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns as ethical scandals mount," 5 July 2018 Six years later the union won free agency by negotiating a favorable settlement in a bruising legal battle that bears his name: Robertson vs. National Basketball Association. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Oscar Robertson didn’t expect this call from the NBA," 24 June 2018 Liane Hornsey appears to be the latest casualty of new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi’s mission to revive Uber’s reputation, following a bruising time under his predecessor, Travis Kalanick. Alan Murray, Fortune, "More Tariffs, Pfizer Prices, Facebook Fine: CEO Daily for July 11, 2018," 11 July 2018 Still, not every Supreme Court case in the term was a bruising battle; in dozens of cases the court’s members largely agreed. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "End of Supreme Court Term Finds Conservatives in Command," 28 June 2018

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1872, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bruising

: extremely rough or painful

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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