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 for bruiser
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bruiser \Bruis"er\, n.
     1. One who, or that which, bruises.
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     2. A boxer; a pugilist; hence, a strong, tough person; --
        often used in the phrase
     big bruiser. --R. Browning.
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              Like a new bruiser on Broughtonic sand,
              Amid the lists our hero takes his stand. --T.
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     3. A concave tool used in grinding lenses or the speculums of
        telescopes. --Knight.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a large and strong and heavyset man; "he was a bull of a
           man"; "a thick-skinned bruiser ready to give as good as he
           got" [syn: bull, bruiser, strapper, Samson]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  49 Moby Thesaurus words for "bruiser":
     Chinese boxer, bantamweight, black belt, bodyguard, bouncer, boxer,
     brown belt, enforcer, featherweight, fighter, fisticuffer,
     flyweight, goon, gorilla, gun, gunsel, hatchet man, heavyweight,
     hellion, holy terror, hood, hoodlum, hooligan, karate expert,
     light heavyweight, lightweight, middleweight, mug, mugger,
     muscle man, palooka, plug-ugly, prizefighter, pug, pugilist,
     rodman, roughneck, ruffian, savate expert, sparrer, strong-arm man,
     terror, thug, torpedo, tough, tough guy, trigger man,
     ugly customer, welterweight

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