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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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However, one of the genes we isolated was turned off during bruising, presenting us with another puzzle to solve," says Parsons.
"It did alarm me a bit." Dr Lynch said she was surprised at the bruises because they were between his shoulder blades, adding: "It's an area difficult to get bruising on.
The purpose of this study was to compare pain and bruising associated with subcutaneous injection of the LMWH enoxaparin at two sites: abdomen and arm.
Bruising on multiple sites was not in the study's model, but also is suggestive of child abuse, Dr.
Dr Steel said: "There was multiple bruising to the abdomen, which is usually caused by significant trauma.
Under cross-examination Dr Ward said some of the injuries, such as bruising to the forehead and elbow, could have been caused by accident.
The mean International Knee Documentation Committee (IKDC) score of patients with bruising was 70 at follow-up compared with 70.6 for those without bruising.
* Shared-risk language in the admission documents regarding falls skin tears, bruising, etc.
The longer the delay, the more swelling, bruising and inflammation you will endure, and research suggests that delaying can result in longer recovery times.
Another bruise was recorded at the rim of his ear, and bruising was noted on his forehead.
"It is a bit of bruising so you can never say exactly when it will be," Grundy said.
Q Recently I've noticed that I've been bruising quite easily and while it doesn't look that great, I wasn't particularly bothered until a friend mentioned that she'd heard it can often be a sign of a more sinister condition.
Home Office pathologist Dr Jennifer Hamilton said 23 bruises and abrasions had been found on Matthew's body including "bruising to his hands and the tear to his lip which seemed to be more recent".
The boot will protect bruising at the top of Totti's foot which makes it painful for him to hit the ball hard.
They included bruising and abrasions on his forehead, bruising and fractures on his cheeks, a cut on his right temple and bruising and puncture wounds inside his mouth.