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Wine may be made of apricots by only bruising, and pouring the hot water upon them: this wine does not require so much sweetening.

He stumbled, sprawled upon the iced pavement, bruising his face.

She was not conscious of the grasp that was bruising her tender arm.

When, moreover, the cells were destroyed by bruising, no fermentation ensued.

This was indeed an instance of the serpent's "bruising the heel" of the woman's seed.

Closer and closer she pressed them to her, till it seemed as though she must be bruising her flesh.

The force of the blows will thus be lessened and bruising avoided.

They all seized the rope, trying to free the arm it was bruising.

Something struck her hand that was carrying her bag, bruising her.

Then the rockets caught, roared, and he dropped to the deck, bruising his nose.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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