exhausting; very tiring; arduously severe: the grueling Boston marathon.
any trying or exhausting procedure or experience.
- Also especially British, gru·el·ling .
- gru·el·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use grueling in a sentence
His summer training camps were both grueling and meticulous.Marty Schottenheimer, one of the NFL’s winningest coaches, dies at 77 | Matt Schudel | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
She applied to 28 schools and invested thousands of dollars into the process, which she described as “one of the most grueling periods” of her life.The pandemic’s lasting effects on young medical workers | Terry Nguyen | February 1, 2021 | Vox
The ten-kilometer skate climb in Val di Fiemme, Italy, is one of the most grueling courses on cross-country skiing’s World Cup circuit.
After a grueling two-week stretch with games every three or four days — including four opponents currently ranked in the top 15 — the Terps finally had a five-day layoff before Saturday’s game against Nebraska.Maryland’s game vs. Nebraska postponed after coronavirus cases in Cornhuskers’ program | Emily Giambalvo | January 12, 2021 | Washington Post
The first half-hour or so of Pieces of a Woman—directed by Kornél Mundruczó and starring Vanessa Kirby as a woman whose child dies just minutes after birth, and now streaming on Netflix—is so emotionally grueling that it’s almost unbearable.Pieces of a Woman Features a Superb Performance From Vanessa Kirby, If You Can Bear to Watch It | Stephanie Zacharek | January 8, 2021 | Time
Some might lack the fortitude—or masochism—required to endure a grueling campaign (Rubio).What Republicans Need Right Now Is a Good Internal Fight | James Poulos | November 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In a grueling two-hour questioning, Carter provided testimony as to why the drug can be useful in pain management.
Jaguar scored epic wins at the grueling Le Mans 24-hour race.
In June 1909, Model Ts were two of the first three finishers in a grueling New York-to-Seattle rally.
After 15 hours of grueling interrogations, he was brought before judges and placed under formal investigation.France’s Ex-Prez Sarkozy Placed Under Formal Investigation for Corruption | Tracy McNicoll | July 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The trip promised to be perilous and fraught with danger, as well as grueling and full of hardships.Spacewrecked on Venus | Neil R. Jones
Stover, in the long grueling days of practice, had won the respect of all.The Varmint | Owen Johnson
I had a grueling battle with him, and at the end of two hours and fifty minutes he broke my hook.Tales of Fishes | Zane Grey
Not one day, scarcely one hour had been free of grueling labor.The Spell of the White Sturgeon | James Arthur Kjelgaard
For infantry as well as cavalry there is the same grueling routine.Europe from a Motor Car | Russell Richardson