backbreaking

or back-break·ing

[ bak-brey-king ]
/ ˈbækˌbreɪ kɪŋ /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. backblocks,
  2. backboard,
  3. backboard splint,
  4. backbone,
  5. backbreaker,
  6. backburn,
  7. backcast,
  8. backchat,
  9. backcloth,
  10. backcomb

Origin of backbreaking

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

Related formsback·break·er, noun

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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

backbreaking

/ (ˈbækˌbreɪkɪŋ) /

adjective

demanding great effort; exhausting
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