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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HURTING

So the poor brothers are to be left for fear of hurting the rich ones?

He had a strange pleasure in hurting the feelings of others.

Suddenly I relaxed my hold, for I was afraid of hurting her now.

The strength of his fingers was hurting me: he hoped I would wince.

Was it impossible for her to realise that she was hurting him?

She was not afraid of offending Jimmy or of hurting his feelings.

He would not have cared a bit about hurting Camille and his mother.

You do not feel as if you ought not to walk on the grass for fear of hurting it.

Then he became conscious that it was hurting him and he commenced to hate it.

I seem to have a particularly unfortunate habit of hurting myself.

WORD ORIGIN

1680s, "causing hurt," from present participle of hurt (v.). Reflexive sense of "suffering, feeling pain" recorded by 1944.

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