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  • n. A strenuous, taxing, exhausting, backbreaking task


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  • The backbreaker was a seven-point swing in the span of about 20 seconds when an intentional foul on Singler led to a flurry of points.

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  • "I definitely think it was a backbreaker," Coach Bruce Boudreau said of Gagne's goal.

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  • What makes it all so relevant now is that the amount of available credit -- the backbone or backbreaker of economic expansion -- is still a gory story, although some economic trackers, obvious long-time residents of Disneyland, are saying the just opposite, that the credit squeeze is practically history.

    Drowning In Debts And Deficits

  • Then came the backbreaker: the punt return by Thomas that electrified the Arizona Stadium crowd of 58,704.

  • Too many 5-on-3s was the backbreaker tonight, '' Sanford said.

  • While I waited for Major to emerge with some twenty-pound backbreaker, I leaned against one of the shelves.


  • After just forty-eight seconds of action, Sammartino used his Italian backbreaker to force Rogers into submission, thus ending the first-ever WWE Championship reign.

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  • Just one example: Obama's criticism of McCain's plan to tax health benefits could have (and should have) been a backbreaker; instead, it was barely coherent.

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  • The first pickoff ultimately proved to be a backbreaker.

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  • The revamped Colts unit allowed 11 first downs and pretty much shut down the Bears Offense, and Kelvin Hayden's interception runback for a score was a true backbreaker.

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