Bruiser meaning

bro͝ozər
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A usually large or powerfully built person who is aggressive or readily gets into fights.
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A boxer.
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A person who enjoys arguing with others.
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(informal) A strong, pugnacious man.
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(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.
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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.

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A thug.
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