/ (ˈɡruːəlɪŋ) /
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severe or tiringa gruelling interview
informal a severe experience, esp punishment
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Word Origin for gruelling
C19: from now obsolete vb gruel to exhaust, punish
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How to use gruelling in a sentence
Harry, the expedition patron, announced last month that he will join the gruelling 210-mile trek across Antarctica this winter.Thanks Bro! Royal Charity Donates £100,000 to Harry's South Pole Mission|Tom Sykes|May 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It was one phase of the campaign that closely approximated the gruelling trench warfare in France.War in the Garden of Eden|Kermit Roosevelt
Now was to be one of the most gruelling sea-fights in which George Walker ever engaged.Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea|Charles H. L. Johnston
In the gruelling battle that followed, Buck was forced to admit that Bunny shirked no duty.The Boy Scouts of Lakeville High|Leslie W. Quirk
Four horses had succumbed to a gruelling day of fierce exertion.Sir John French|Cecil Chisholm
Clint still hung on, sometimes much discouraged, and took his share of hard knocks and gruelling labour.Left Tackle Thayer|Ralph Henry Barbour