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.
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.
I jumped down and gave another ten minutes to the back-breaking work of carrying more boulders from the water to the wall.
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.
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.
The irrepressible Navymen picked up from where they left off as promising El Joshua Carino spearheaded an impressive 1-2-3 finish with his highly-touted teammates at the end of the back-breaking 179.
The Filipinos will play two straight games to wind up their back-breaking European training for the Manila Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which gets off the ground on July 5 at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.
A FITNESS instructor is aiming to smash a world record with an incredible feat of strength which will see him move 50,000kg over the course of one back-breaking hour.
He argued the machine age, which liberated many workers from back-breaking labour, together with a broader range of leisure opportunities, meant people could look forward to a bright future once they reached the end of their thirties, with a life expectancy of up to 55/60.
HE'S already a world record holder, having set the fastest time for running a marathon in back-breaking fireman's gear.
Visitors will hear how families would make their way up the back-breaking flight of 21 locks opening each of the heavy oak lock gates in turn.
The Birkenhead-based Wilfred Owen Story has a range of items including an "entrenching" tool that was used to start the long back-breaking process of trench digging, as well as a field stretcher and a standard issue first aid kit.