- powerful or constricting enough to crush one's bones: a bone-crushing handshake.
- extremely painful, troublesome, costly, etc.: a bone-crushing mortgage.
Origin of bone-crushing
First recorded in 1670–80
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Examples from the Web for bone-crushing
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
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.