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backbreaking

or back-break·ing

[bak-brey-king]
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adjective
  1. demanding great effort, endurance, etc.; exhausting: a backbreaking job.
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Origin of backbreaking

First recorded in 1780–90; back1 + break + -ing2
Related formsback·break·er, noun
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  • I jerked and rolled in a movement calculated to throw him to the ground face down, the motion ending in a backbreaker hold.

    The Old Martians

    Roger Phillips Graham


British Dictionary definitions for backbreaker

backbreaker

noun
  1. a wrestling hold in which a wrestler uses his knee or shoulder as a fulcrum to bend his opponent's body backwards
  2. informal an extremely arduous task
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backbreaking

adjective
  1. demanding great effort; exhausting
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