backbreaking

or back-break·ing

[ bak-brey-king ]
/ ˈbækˌbreɪ kɪŋ /

adjective

demanding great effort, endurance, etc.; exhausting: a backbreaking job.

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Origin of backbreaking

First recorded in 1780–90; back1 + break + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM backbreaking

back·break·er, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for backbreaker

  • Although he is not on trial for the video, it was the backbreaker in the court of public opinion.

    John Galliano in the Courtroom|Tracy McNicoll|June 23, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • 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 (1 of 2)

backbreaker
/ (ˈbækˌbreɪkə) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for backbreaker (2 of 2)

backbreaking
/ (ˈbækˌbreɪkɪŋ) /

adjective

demanding great effort; exhausting
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