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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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When bruises first occur they can look slightly red and swollen before turning blue or purple.
She said: "I was shocked when I saw the number of bruises "I'd never seen that number of bruises on a child which were unexplained.
Lemai also told principal magistrate Richard Odenyo he also noted bruises on Monson's testicles.
Mr Lewis said: "He caused that bruise to Elsie's head through violence and he was trying to disguise that act by passing her injury off as the result of yet another domestic accident."
However, Dr Morrison accepted there could also be "a number of explanations" for the bruises.
Q I seem to bruise so easily these days--is there anything I can do to prevent it?
As with the other products in the Arnicare line, the active ingredient in Arnicare Bruise is Arnica montana, a European flowering plant--also known by such names as leopard's bane, wolfs bane and mountain tobacco --that is commonly used in herbal remedies to relieve muscle aches and stiffness, swelling, and discoloration from bruises.
"I went to the forest once and then I smacked into something and I got really badly bruised and I bruise quite easily," ( she said  Wednesday during a YouTube interview with Phillip DeFranco. "But I had quite a fall and it wasn't very good.
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.
Recently the company expanded its lineup of children's products with Hyland's 4 Kids Bumps 'n Bruises with Arnica, a topical ointment stick for kids.
Unexplained bruises and injuries to some of the 21 elderly residents and a lack of staff with specialist training were two main areas of concern.
THE mother of a toddler who was found with 14 bruises and blackened with dirt in urine-soaked clothes has admitted child cruelty.