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cauliflower ear (plural cauliflower ears)

  1. (boxing, wrestling) An ear swollen and deformed by repeated blows, common among boxers.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter III:
      Having gone in a lot for boxing from his earliest years, he had the cauliflower ear of which I had spoken to Aunt Dahlia and in addition to this a nose which some hidden hand had knocked slightly out of the straight.

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