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backbreaking

or back-breaking

[bak-brey-king] /ˈbækˌbreɪ kɪŋ/
adjective
1.
demanding great effort, endurance, etc.; exhausting:
a backbreaking job.
Origin of backbreaking
1780-1790
First recorded in 1780-90; back1 + break + -ing2
Related forms
backbreaker, noun
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  • The combination of heat, hard, backbreaking work, and the necessity for hurry made haying a particularly fatiguing time.

    Frying Pan Farm Elizabeth Brown Pryor
  • All they had to look forward to from the D'zertanoj was backbreaking labor and an early death.

    The Ethical Engineer Henry Maxwell Dempsey
  • It will take some backbreaking investigation to get the whole story, because the files show nothing on any of them.

British Dictionary definitions for backbreaking

backbreaking

/ˈbækˌbreɪkɪŋ/
adjective
1.
demanding great effort; exhausting
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