Gruelling



[groo-uh-ling, groo-ling] /ˈgru ə lɪŋ, ˈgru lɪŋ/

adjective
1.
exhausting; very tiring; arduously severe:
the grueling Boston marathon.
noun
2.
any trying or exhausting procedure or experience.
/ˈɡruːəlɪŋ/
adjective
1.
severe or tiring: a gruelling interview
noun
2.
(informal) a severe experience, esp punishment
adj.

also grueling, “exhausting, punishing,” 1891, from late 18c. slang get one’s gruel “receive one’s punishment,” from gruel.

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