For the record: A bloody toe for a ballerina is like a bruise for a boxer: ho-hum.
I got a bruise in the shape of a detailed boot print etched in my back.
As Obama and others press to raise the federal minimum wage about $7.25, skeptics say such a move could bruise the economy.
In contrast to gentle Eva, Naps liked to draw a little blood in bed, to bruise and be bruised in return.
Something triggers his temper—the push may be hard enough to make her bruise.
In case of cut or bruise no remedy, I am told, is more efficacious, and certainly none more simple.
Every sight and sound of the city seemed to bruise and hurt.
It was also a peculiar shape, the centre standing out for all the world like a bruise on the forehead caused by a heavy blow.
He was cured of his fancy, although no effort of will could protect the soreness of the bruise.
He finally recovered from the effects of the bruise, and saw more of the war.
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.