bruiser

[broo-zer]
noun Informal.
a strong, tough person: The football player was over six feet tall and weighed 285 pounds—a real bruiser.

Origin:
1580–90; bruise + -er1

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bruiser (ˈbruːzə)
 
n
informal a strong tough person, esp a boxer or a bully

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bruiser definition

[ˈbruzɚ]
  1. n.
    a large, rough male. : That bruiser must weigh a ton.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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He is the lesser of the two characters and does not need a tyrant or a bruiser.
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