back-breaking


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back-breaking

adjective exhausting, hard, difficult, wearing, tiring, draining, punishing, crippling, fatiguing, wearying, gruelling, debilitating, strenuous, arduous, laborious, toilsome Many months of back-breaking work still face them.
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back-breaking

[ˈbækbreɪkɪŋ] ADJdeslomador, matador
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Their brown skin showed through the rents of their shirts; and the two small bunches of half-naked, tattered men went on bowing from the waist to each other in their back-breaking labour, up and down, absorbed, with no time for a glance over the shoulder at the help that was coming to them.
It was rather back-breaking work, for in a dory the weight of a cod is water-borne till the last minute, and you are, so to speak, abreast of him; but the few feet of a schooner's free-board make so much extra dead-hauling, and stooping over the bulwarks cramps the stomach.
I jumped down and gave another ten minutes to the back-breaking work of carrying more boulders from the water to the wall.
I had managed to bail all the water out of the boat with cupped hands, ending by mopping the balance up with my handkerchief--a slow and back-breaking procedure; thus I had made a comparatively dry place for the girl to lie down low in the bottom of the boat, where the sides would protect her from the night wind, and when at last she did so, almost overcome as she was by weakness and fatigue, I threw my wet coat over her further to thwart the chill.
your strength comes in, the faith in your ability for the digging of unostentatious holes to bury the stuff in-- your power of devotion, not to yourself, but to an obscure, back-breaking business.
Volunteers also spent many back-breaking hours restoring a local footpath.
And, interestingly, it is the women who are doing the bulk of the back-breaking work including fixing broken tiles, scrubbing windows and re-painting the doors.
Kalamazoo was a really back-breaking experience, especially having opportunities to win,'' Thacher said.
Within six years, Shirley and her sisters and brothers in DARE (Direct Action for Rights and Equality) had revamped the state's antiquated payroll system, won nearly $100,000 in back pay and, by 1996, made Rhode Island the only state in the country to offer fully paid health insurance to women who perform the back-breaking work of caring for other people's children.
It is grueling, back-breaking work--the sort that most of us born in the United States would never do for any amount of money.
Are we to forget the past years when Labour, in power, gave us the highest rates in the country, the Loftus bank and Skinningrove floods debacles, plus many idiotic schemes, like back-breaking humps on Redcar front and the demise of Redcar as a main shopping area, plus millions of pounds wasted on many regeneration projects?
They endure days of back-breaking work out at sea with no supervision, training or proper equipment.