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  • adj. So difficult or taxing as to make one exhausted; backbreaking.

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


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  • Instead of giving their chapters proper titles, these worthy gentlemen simply slap a character’s name at the top of a fresh page, followed by his or her inmost thoughts and experiences in gruelling detail.

    Quakers in Spain

  • Like most top chefs, his lifestyle could already be described as gruelling, starting work at 7am and finishing at 11pm after dinner.

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  • Multiple call-backs are rare and long "gruelling" auditions even rarer.


  • From what I know of Ellroy's life, I can imagine that "gruelling" understates the case.

    :Acquired Taste

  • February 8, 1922, BOSTON HERALD: A "gruelling" examination, as the police employ the term, is one expected to put its recipient in the soup.

    Hollywood scandal: The nation's newspapers respond - BatesLine

  • Here we were subjected to the most "gruelling" time that was ever our lot to endure, and the battle developed into a gigantic duel between batteries, in which our position was no worse than the others.

    Three years in France with the Guns: Being Episodes in the life of a Field Battery

  • She desribed her treatment as 'gruelling' and insists her own perspective on life has changed.


  • The 41-year-old star confessed resorting to the "gruelling" process of preparing her body for a fifth IVF attempt, which included wearing oestrogen patches, having blood tests every other day, undergoing ultrasound scans and having daily hormone injections.


  • During the "gruelling" dive, which required three weeks or preparation, Cousteau and his team wore full hazmat diving suits and heavy hard-hat helmets weighing some 30 pounds.

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  • A SACKED civil servant lost his case for unfair dismissal yesterday after taking part in a "gruelling" 66-mile bike race - while on sick leave.

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  • Although, I suppose, if you added some oatmeal to the waterboarding...

    June 6, 2012

  • That noun is grilling.

    June 6, 2012

  • There is a noun 'gruelling' with the plural 'gruellings'. If the police interrogate someone intensely we may say that they gave him a 'gruelling'. If that happens more than once they are 'gruellings'.

    June 5, 2012