bruiser

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bruiser (plural bruisers)

  1. (sports): In contact sports, an athlete whose size, strength, and/or aggressiveness make it likely that he will cause athletes on the opposing team to suffer physical punishment.
  2. By extension, a tall, strong, heavily built man, especially one prone to physical violence.
    His "assistant" was a big bruiser named Pete, who, with his enormous shoulders and menacing scowl, was clearly present for the intimidation factor.
  3. A thug.

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