demanding great effort, endurance, etc.; exhausting:
a backbreaking job.
Contemporary Examples

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

Historical Examples

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


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