(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
strenuous, arduous, taxing, laborious, crippling, crushing, bankrupting, exhausting.
ANT.: light, easy, *child's play
(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 — back|break|ing [ˈbækbreıkıŋ] adj backbreaking work is physically difficult and makes you very tired …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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