The phrase "cruisin' for a bruisin'" is a classic bit of slang from the 1950s and 1960s, combining an existing slang term into a rhyme. Cruising was a term used to describe the activity of driving slowly, looking for something, usually something fun. Thus, cruisin' for a bruisin' is looking for a chance to be badly beaten. More commonly, the expression meant that someone wasn't being careful or safe.
Can You Complete These Slang Phrases From the ’60s?
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