bruiser

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bruise +‎ -er

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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; a thug.
    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 machine for bruising oats.

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