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

Definition of bruising

: arduous, taxing a long and bruising courtroom battle

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Legion player expects a bruising match against Seattle, the defending champion A professional San Diego team, the Legion, will play for a championship Sunday at the University of San Diego. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Legion will try for league rugby title Sunday at USD," 15 June 2019 Mayor Ron Nirenberg narrowly survived a bruising runoff Saturday, earning a second term and fending off challenger Greg Brockhouse in what widely was considered to be the most polarizing local election in a generation. Dylan Mcguinness,, "San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg wins second term after bruising battle," 8 June 2019 The bruising 2019 municipal election delivered a handful of shocks to the city’s establishment, and the fallout from seven runoff contests is just starting to be felt. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Denver voters kept Mayor Michael Hancock, but sent his council allies packing — setting the table for more conflict," 6 June 2019 Japan has played a bruising pre-World Cup schedule, losing to England and France, drawing against the U.S. and Germany and beating Brazil. Kevin Baxter,, "World Cup Group D preview: Lucy Bronze hopes to make England a tough match," 4 June 2019 The public appetite for funding sports facilities in Minnesota was beyond exhausted, after a bruising, decade-plus push by the NFL’s Vikings yielded the $1.1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. Dave Campbell, The Seattle Times, "Minnesota United gives MLS another soccer-oriented home," 12 Apr. 2019 The most commonly observed side effects are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, headache, tenderness, lump formation, itching at the injection site, and impaired hand function. Vogue, "Celebrity Manicurist Deborah Lippmann on Beauty, Aging, and the Product That Changed her Relationship With her Hands," 1 Apr. 2019 Meanwhile, the bruising and successful battle to seat Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court helped the GOP expand its Senate majority, which in turn allows the seating of more jurists like him. James Freeman, WSJ, "Trump, Kavanaugh and McCain Drive Election Results," 7 Nov. 2018 Rarely do two sides win after a bruising legal war. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Good for Apple, Better for Qualcomm," 16 Apr. 2019

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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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