or back-break·ing



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

Origin of backbreaking

First recorded in 1780–90; back1 + break + -ing2
Related formsback·break·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of backbreaking

  • 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



demanding great effort; exhausting
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