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bruise

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1 a bodily injury in which small blood vessels are broken but the overlying skin is not
  • she got quite a big bruise from walking into the corner of the table

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2 an area of skin roughened or worn away by harsh rubbing against another surface
  • bruises caused by ill-fitting hiking boots

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The first known use of bruise was before the 12th century

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“Bruise.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/bruise. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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