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

Although he is not on trial for the video, it was the backbreaker in the court of public opinion.
John Galliano in the Courtroom Tracy McNicoll June 22, 2011

Historical Examples

I jerked and rolled in a movement calculated to throw him to the ground face down, the motion ending in a backbreaker hold.
The Old Martians Roger Phillips Graham

a wrestling hold in which a wrestler uses his knee or shoulder as a fulcrum to bend his opponent’s body backwards
(informal) an extremely arduous task
demanding great effort; exhausting


A very difficult job or task; ball-buster, bitch, pisser (1900s+)


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