from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Physically or mentally demanding to the point of exhaustion: a grueling campaign.

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  • adj. Alternative spelling of gruelling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. characterized by toilsome effort; requiring extreme physical or mental effort.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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  • Both players put in grueling offseason conditioning work to make it happen.

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  • Q: How grueling is the physical aspect of shooting the show?

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  • It's already clear this will be known as the grueling decade, the Hobbesian decade.

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  • Marine One touched down at 1: 40 in the morning at the Crawford Ranch in what can only be called a grueling campaign finale.

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  • The Yukon Quest is known as a grueling race with often-harsh weather combined with minimal support and resupply compared to the more-famous Iditarod race.

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  • In a Newsweek column he wrote a month before his death, Kennedy recalled the grueling treatment his son Teddy Jr. had to undergo in 1973 for bone cancer that eventually required the amputation of his right leg. Homepage

  • McGrady called the grueling workouts "the hardest thing I ever had to go through" and conceded that he passed out from exhaustion during one of the sessions.

  • A slug-fest on Monday night that one could only describe as grueling, took place between Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

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