- I(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.strenuous, arduous, taxing, laborious, crippling, crushing, bankrupting, exhausting.ANT.: light, easy, *child's playII(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Requiring great or extreme bodily, mental, or spiritual strength: arduous, burdensome, demanding, difficult, effortful, exacting, exigent, formidable, hard, heavy, laborious, onerous, oppressive, rigorous, rough, severe, taxing, tough, trying, weighty. See HEAVY.
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backbreaking — index onerous, operose Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
backbreaking — [adj] strenuous arduous, exhausting, grueling, hard, laborious, punishing, taxing, toilsome, wearisome; concept 538 … New thesaurus
backbreaking — [bak′brāk΄iŋ] adj. requiring great physical exertion … English World dictionary
backbreaking — adjective characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort worked their arduous way up the mining valley a grueling campaign hard labor heavy work heavy going spent many laborious hours on the project set a punishing … Useful english dictionary
backbreaking — adjective Date: 1851 extremely arduous, exhausting, or demoralizing ; oppressive < backbreaking labor > < backbreaking rents > • backbreaker noun … New Collegiate Dictionary
backbreaking — backbreaker, n. /bak bray king/, adj. demanding great effort, endurance, etc.; exhausting: a backbreaking job. Also, back breaking. [1780 90; BACK1 + BREAK + ING2] * * * … Universalium
backbreaking — back|break|ing [ˈbækbreıkıŋ] adj backbreaking work is physically difficult and makes you very tired … Dictionary of contemporary English
backbreaking — back|break|ing [ bæk,breıkıŋ ] adjective physically very hard and tiring: Cleaning all the floors was backbreaking work … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
backbreaking — adjective backbreaking work is physically very difficult and makes you very tired … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
backbreaking — UK [ˈbækˌbreɪkɪŋ] / US adjective physically very hard and tiring Cleaning all the floors was backbreaking work … English dictionary
backbreaking — back•break•ing [[t]ˈbækˌbreɪ kɪŋ[/t]] adj. demanding great effort, endurance, etc.: a backbreaking job[/ex] • Etymology: 1780–90 back′break er, n … From formal English to slang