bone-crushing

[bohn-kruhsh-ing]
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adjective
  1. powerful or constricting enough to crush one's bones: a bone-crushing handshake.
  2. extremely painful, troublesome, costly, etc.: a bone-crushing mortgage.

Origin of bone-crushing

First recorded in 1670–80
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