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  • adv. In a toilsome manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a toilsome or laborious manner.


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toilsome +‎ -ly


  • Then they go up the winding staircase of the great tower, toilsomely, turning and turning, and lowering their heads to avoid the stairs above, or the rough stone pivot around which they twist.

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood

  • By ladders now, and toilsomely, for it was steep, and not too certain holding for the feet.

    The Chimes

  • As we were making our way, cautiously and toilsomely, over the pulverised embers, one of my people sank into the earth breast-high.

    A Message from the Sea

  • In one town two very shabby policemen rushed upon us, seized the bridle of my horse, and kept me waiting for a long time in the middle of a crowd, while they toilsomely bored through the passport, turning it up and down, and holding it up to the light, as though there were some nefarious mystery about it.

    Unbeaten Tracks in Japan

  • The figure they had seen the night before seemed slowly and toilsomely labouring to pile the large stones one upon another, as if to form a small enclosure.

    The Black Dwarf

  • Stent, who had succeeded Ross in command of the Arabian flight, sent me up by air; so we crossed comfortably at sixty miles an hour the hills learned toilsomely on camel-back.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • Fate follows in insignificant guise, drills a tiny hole through its shell, and the toilsomely excavated refuge becomes a sepulchre.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • Yet, when one toilsomely and with exasperation and fatigue has plowed through page on page, scene on scene, riddle on riddle and emerged at the final clouded episode (introducing still another new character of whom nothing is known), it is with the emotional depletion of having witnessed, and somehow been deeply and personally if irrationally involved in, a great and infinitely tragic event.

    The Private World of William Faulkner

  • I can never even think of this gift without fancying the tiny unskillful fingers as they toilsomely labored over those silks that would catch and twist, and I think of the sweet brow and eyes which bent over the work, and am as sure as if I had seen it of the loving smile which hovered about the childish lips at the thought that she was going to give me a pleasant surprise.

    Girls and Women

  • Patiently and toilsomely scientific men examine them with glass and reagent.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 286, June 25, 1881


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