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bone-crushing

[bohn-kruhsh-ing]
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  1. powerful or constricting enough to crush one's bones: a bone-crushing handshake.
  2. extremely painful, troublesome, costly, etc.: a bone-crushing mortgage.

Origin of bone-crushing

First recorded in 1670–80
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Historical Examples

  • And with that he clasped the hand reached out to him in a bone-crushing grasp.

    Kate Bonnet

    Frank R. Stockton

  • They kill the elephants and other big game with it, as certainly as these animals could be slain with bone-crushing rifles.

  • Then he was gone, after a bone-crushing handclasp that closed on Jason's hand like vise jaws.

    Deathworld

    Harry Harrison

  • His companion came over to slap him on the back with bone-crushing blows.

    Pagan Passions

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • There are several jute mills, a large flour mill, bone-crushing mills and a brick and tile works.