backbreaking

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Demanding great exertion; arduous and exhausting.

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  • adjective figuratively Of work, very physically tiring.

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  • adjective characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort

Etymologies

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back + breaking, that is, that breaks the back

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