demanding great effort, endurance, etc.; exhausting:
a backbreaking job.
According to political lore, patriot-Americans do the backbreaking work that keeps the country humming.
A ‘Black President’ Is of No Value to America Rich Benjamin November 3, 2008
It will take some backbreaking investigation to get the whole story, because the files show nothing on any of them.
The Electronic Mind Reader John Blaine
All they had to look forward to from the D’zertanoj was backbreaking labor and an early death.
The Ethical Engineer Henry Maxwell Dempsey
The combination of heat, hard, backbreaking work, and the necessity for hurry made haying a particularly fatiguing time.
Frying Pan Farm Elizabeth Brown Pryor
demanding great effort; exhausting
- Back burner
a condition of low priority or temporary deferment (usually used in the phrase on the back burner): Put other issues on the back burner until after the election. Contemporary Examples And while his Town & Country photo shoot nearly broke the Internet, modeling is on the back burner: “Acting is my first priority.” Scott Eastwood […]
- Back burner, on a
In a position of low priority. For example, I haven’t forgotten his letter; I’ve just put it on a back burner for now. This term alludes to a cook’s putting items requiring less attention at the back of the stove. [ ; mid-1900s ] Also see: front burner
- Back button
noun a button on a Web browser’s toolbar for returning to the previously visited Web page, which sometimes can be accessed through a programmed keyboard or mouse button Examples The back button will take you through all of the sites you looked at today.
a short backward and often upward swing of a fishing rod, its line, and its lure in preparation for the cast that immediately follows.