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From Middle English tobrusen, tobrisen, from Old English tōbrȳsan (to bruise, crush, shatter), equivalent to to- +‎ bruise.


tobruise (third-person singular simple present tobruises, present participle tobruising, simple past and past participle tobruised)

  1. (archaic) To bruise up, completely beat or batter; crush; to make numb.
    • 1910, Edward Hutton, Siena and southern Tuscany:
      Then he brought the monk all tobruised in a sack to S. Benedict, and anon S. Benedict made upon him the sign of the cross, and blessed him and raised him to life, and sent him to the work again.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene:
      Onely his shield and armour, which there lay, / Though nothing whole, but all tobrusd and broken, [...]