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English definition of “bruise sb's ego”

bruise sb's ego

If an experience bruises your ego, it upsets you because it makes you feel less valuable or important: I don't think it broke Steve's heart when Cherise left him, but it certainly bruised his ego.Humiliating and degrading
(Definition of bruise sb's ego from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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