They became my enemy when they beat my grandmother in 2000, bruising her back.
During the bruising Republican primaries, there was one candidate whose coverage was more relentlessly negative than the rest.
Gov. Deval Patrick has just been through a bruising reelection contest.
After a bruising first term, the president can't just use the same old rhetoric in 2012, says Hustler's Larry Flynt.
And now, after falling short in a bruising campaign, he can do just that while getting in even more work in his garden.
I thought I was being charged by cavalry, but beyond a good deal of bruising I escaped unhurt.
He stumbled, sprawled upon the iced pavement, bruising his face.
Once he fell, bruising his knee severely, and picked himself up, sobbing piteously.
Closer and closer she pressed them to her, till it seemed as though she must be bruising her flesh.
Rounded hammer-stones; many of which show signs of bruising and hard wear.
Old English brysan "to crush, bruise, pound," from Proto-Germanic *brusjanan, from PIE root *bhreus- "to smash, crush" (cf. Old Irish bronnaim "I wrong, I hurt;" Breton brezel "war," Vulgar Latin brisare "to break"). Merged by 17c. with Anglo-French bruiser "to break, smash," from Old French bruisier "to break, shatter," perhaps from Gaulish *brus-, from the same PIE root. Related: Bruised; bruising.
1540s, from bruise (v.).
An injury to underlying tissues or bone in which the skin is unbroken, often characterized by ruptured blood vessels and discolorations; a contusion.