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grueling

[groo-uh-ling, groo-ling]
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adjective
  1. exhausting; very tiring; arduously severe: the grueling Boston marathon.
noun
  1. any trying or exhausting procedure or experience.
Also especially British, gru·el·ling.

Origin of grueling

1850–55; slang gruel punishment (noun), punish (v.) + -ing2, -ing1
Related formsgru·el·ing·ly, adverb
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  • It was a gruelling four years' struggle, but with success at the end of it.

    Herbert Hoover

    Vernon Kellogg

  • Natalie insisted on camping early; for it had been a gruelling afternoon on Garth.

    Two on the Trail

    Hulbert Footner

  • The place was a rest billet, which we had just reached after a gruelling on the Somme.

  • But they were met by a gruelling volley, and with the cry of "No quarter!"

    Famous Indian Chiefs

    Charles H. L. Johnston

  • The final bout of fireworks was a gruelling for both champions.

    Ulysses

    James Joyce


British Dictionary definitions for gruelling

gruelling

US grueling

adjective
  1. severe or tiringa gruelling interview
noun
  1. informal a severe experience, esp punishment

Word Origin

C19: from now obsolete vb gruel to exhaust, punish
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Word Origin and History for gruelling

adj.

also grueling, "exhausting, punishing," 1891, from late 18c. slang get one's gruel "receive one's punishment," from gruel.

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