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bruise (one's) ego

To wound one's pride. I just worry that if she finds out she didn't get that promotion, it will really bruise her ego. Yeah, getting rejected by that beautiful woman bruised my ego a bit, but I'm no worse for wear. Let's order another round, fellas!
See also: bruise, ego

bruise up

1. To cause someone or something (such as a piece of fruit) to become covered in bruises. A noun or pronoun can be used between "bruise" and "up." Don't just shove the bananas into the grocery bag like that. You'll bruise them up! A: "I heard you had an accident on the way to work! Are you OK?" B: "I got bruised up a bit, but I'm fine."
2. To become bruised. My arm bruised up on the spot where the nurse had given me the injection.
3. To have a tendency to become bruised very easily. I bruise up like crazy whenever I roughhouse or play full-contact sports.
4. To negatively affect someone at an emotional or psychological level, especially their ego or pride. A noun or pronoun can be used between "bruise" and "up." It bruised my ego up a bit to admit that I had been wrong.
See also: bruise, up

bruised and battered

Injured and/or thoroughly worn down, as from an assault or an exhausting, physically trying experience. He drank too much at the bar, got into a fight, and showed up at our door all bruised and battered. The home team, though bruised and battered, emerged victorious from the tough match.
See also: and, batter, bruise

cruising for a bruising

slang Acting in a way that is likely to result in punishment or harm. Often shortened colloquially as "cruisin' for a bruisin'." Oh, you're cruising for a bruising if you keep talking to me like that! Did you hear the way he insulted the boss during our meeting? He's really cruisin' for a bruisin'.
See also: bruise, cruise, for
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cruising for a bruising

 and cruisin' for a bruisin'
Sl. asking for trouble. You are cruising for a bruising, you know that? Who's cruisin' for a bruisin'?
See also: bruise, cruise, for
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

cruising for a bruising

heading or looking for trouble. informal, chiefly North American
1998 Times The problem…is the unrealistic value of the Hong Kong dollar…it has been cruising for a bruising for most of last year.
See also: bruise, cruise, for
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017


mod. alcohol intoxicated. I am bruised. My head hurts, and my gut feels yucky.
See also: bruise

cruising for a bruising

and cruisin’ for a bruisin’
in. asking for trouble. You are cruising for a bruising, you know that?
See also: bruise, cruise, for
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Photos taken on June 29 atChester, the day of the examination and a day after his transfer from Springview, showed bruises to Mr Boyd's hips and arms.
| What Scully-Hicks claimed: He denied that Elsie had suffered a second bruise until he was shown footage from a video he sent to Craig Scully-Hicks at 5.41pm on January 18, during his evidence.
population of mature adults who bruise more easily as they age due to thinning skin and who would prefer a lowrisk, natural treatment that won't produce an adverse reaction with other medications or supplements they might be taking.
No other bruises were identified elsewhere on her body, and results from blood tests and medical photography suggested no underlying medical complications that could have been the cause.
The bruise may bear the pattern of a headlight rim, grill, bumper or the thread mark of a tyre.
Inspectors reported: "We saw a number of body maps in the accident and incident folders which showed a number of people had recent unexplained bruises.
She had a large bruise on her left cheek, and faded bruises on her forehead and below the eye.
Colour observations used to estimate the age of bruises Observable colour of the bruise Estimated age of the bruise in hours Red and haemorrhagic (bright-red) 0 to 10 h old Dark- red colour Approximately 24 h old Watery consistency 24 to 38 h Rusty orange colour, +72 h (3 days old) soapy to touch, clear yellow mucus Gracey et al.
If you suddenly get a lot of bruises or start to bruise for no reason, see your GP.
REARLY HURTS: Bruise on bot SWOLLEN: Madge's injured lip and knee
SAN FRANCISCO -- The color of a bruise indicates its age.
In this study, geometrical properties such as linear dimensions, sphericity, mass of fruit, projected area, surface area, true density, volume, hydrodynamic properties in water namely terminal velocity, drag force and buoyant force and bruising characteristics like as bruise area and bruise volume of two varieties of table olive fruit were determined.
Q I find that I bruise more easily than when I was younger.