or back-break·ing

[ bak-brey-king ]
/ ˈbækˌbreɪ kɪŋ /


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

Origin of backbreaking

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

OTHER WORDS FROM backbreaking

back·break·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for backbreaking

  • According to political lore, patriot-Americans do the backbreaking work that keeps the country humming.

  • The combination of heat, hard, backbreaking work, and the necessity for hurry made haying a particularly fatiguing time.

    Frying Pan Farm|Elizabeth Brown Pryor
  • It will take some backbreaking investigation to get the whole story, because the files show nothing on any of them.

  • All they had to look forward to from the D'zertanoj was backbreaking labor and an early death.

    The Ethical Engineer|Henry Maxwell Dempsey

British Dictionary definitions for backbreaking

/ (ˈbækˌbreɪkɪŋ) /


demanding great effort; exhausting
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