bruise up(redirected from bruise someone/something 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.
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