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Demanding great exertion; arduous and exhausting.

back′break′er n.


demanding great effort; exhausting


(ˈbækˌbreɪ kɪŋ)

demanding great effort, endurance, etc.: a backbreaking job.
back′break`er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.backbreaking - characterized by effort to the point of exhaustionbackbreaking - 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 pace"
effortful - requiring great physical effort


Requiring great or extreme bodily, mental, or spiritual strength:
قاصِم للظَّهْر
lÿjandi, erfiîur
çok yorucuçok zor


[ˈbækˌbreɪkɪŋ] adj (work, task) → massacrante


(bӕk) noun
1. in man, the part of the body from the neck to the bottom of the spine. She lay on her back.
2. in animals, the upper part of the body. She put the saddle on the horse's back.
3. that part of anything opposite to or furthest from the front. the back of the house; She sat at the back of the hall.
4. in football, hockey etc a player who plays behind the forwards.
of or at the back. the back door.
1. to, or at, the place or person from which a person or thing came. I went back to the shop; He gave the car back to its owner.
2. away (from something); not near (something). Move back! Let the ambulance get to the injured man; Keep back from me or I'll hit you!
3. towards the back (of something). Sit back in your chair.
4. in return; in response to. When the teacher is scolding you, don't answer back.
5. to, or in, the past. Think back to your childhood.
1. to (cause to) move backwards. He backed (his car) out of the garage.
2. to help or support. Will you back me against the others?
3. to bet or gamble on. I backed your horse to win.
ˈbacker noun
a person who supports someone or something, especially with money. the backer of the new theatre.
ˈbackbite verb
to criticize a person when he is not present.
ˈbackbiting noun
Constant backbiting by her colleagues led to her resignation.
ˈbackbone noun
1. the spine. the backbone of a fish.
2. the chief support. The older employees are the backbone of the industry.
ˈbackbreaking adjective
(of a task etc) very difficult or requiring very hard work. Digging the garden is a backbreaking job.
ˌbackˈdate verb
1. to put an earlier date on (a cheque etc). He should have paid his bill last month and so he has backdated the cheque.
2. to make payable from a date in the past. Our rise in pay was backdated to April.
ˌbackˈfire verb
1. (of a motor-car etc) to make a loud bang because of unburnt gases in the exhaust system. The car backfired.
2. (of a plan etc) to have unexpected results, often opposite to the intended results. His scheme backfired (on him), and he lost money.
ˈbackground noun
1. the space behind the principal or most important figures or objects of a picture etc. He always paints ships against a background of stormy skies; trees in the background of the picture.
2. happenings that go before, and help to explain, an event etc. the background to a situation.
3. a person's origins, education etc. She was ashamed of her humble background.
ˈbackhand noun
1. in tennis etc, a stroke or shot with the back of one's hand turned towards the ball. a clever backhand; His backhand is very strong.
2. writing with the letters sloping backwards. I can always recognize her backhand.
using backhand. She played the stroke backhand; She writes backhand.
ˈbacklog noun
a pile of uncompleted work etc which has collected. a backlog of orders because of the strike.
ˌback-ˈnumber noun
an out-of-date copy or issue of a magazine etc. He collects back-numbers of comic magazines.
ˈbackpack noun
(especially American) a bag that walkers, people who go on trips, or students carry on their backs.
ˈbackpacking: go backpacking
to go on trips or go camping carrying a backpack.
ˈbackpacker noun
ˈbackside noun
the bottom or buttocks. He sits on his backside all day long and does no work.
ˈbackslash noun
the sign (\).
ˈbackstroke noun
in swimming, a stroke made when lying on one's back in the water. The child is good at backstroke.
ˈbackup noun
1. additional people who provide help when it is needed. The police officer requested some backup when the shooting began.
2. a copy of a computer file that can be used in case the original is destroyed.
3. (also adjective) a piece of equipment, a system etc that can be used when there is a problem with the original one. a backup plan; We have a backup generator in case the power fails.
ˈbackwash noun
1. a backward current eg that following a ship's passage through the water. the backwash of the steamer.
2. the unintentional results of an action, situation etc. The backwash of that firm's financial troubles affected several other firms.
ˈbackwater noun
1. a stretch of river not in the main stream.
2. a place not affected by what is happening in the world outside. That village is rather a backwater.
ˌbackˈyard noun
(especially American) a garden at the back of a house etc. He grows vegetables in his backyard.
back down
to give up one's opinion, claim etc. She backed down in the face of strong opposition.
back of
(American) behind. He parked back of the store.
back on to
(of a building etc) to have its back next to (something). My house backs on to the racecourse.
back out
1. to move out backwards. He opened the garage door and backed (his car) out.
2. to withdraw from a promise etc. You promised to help – you mustn't back out now!
back up
1. to support or encourage. The new evidence backed up my arguments.
2. to make a copy of the information stored on the computer or disk.
have one's back to the wall
to be in a very difficult or desperate situation. He certainly has his back to the wall as he has lost his job and cannot find another one.
put someone's back up
to anger someone. He put my back up with his boasting.
take a back seat
to take an unimportant position. At these discussions he always takes a back seat and listens to others talking.
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The Sea Lions got their second wind in the extra period as a backbreaking trey from guard Pruvil Bermudes carried the squad to a 1-0 lead in the series and within striking distance of winning the championship.
Through the Association for Water, Applied Education and Renewable Energy organisation, Mr Rahmoon has spread light to hundreds of hamlets through solar power and also helped women reduce their backbreaking exercise of extracting water from deep wells.
Industrial action by the union helped to cut the miners' backbreaking working day from 18 hours to a mere 12 and to break up the system of "Tommy Shops" - where miners' pay was diverted to the colliery owner's shop where they and their families were forced to buy provisions.
It will not be long before they start backbreaking labor, carrying cement bags and sand to construct a wall.
In "Cushy Work, Backbreaking Leisure: Late Soviet Work Ethics Reconsidered," Alexandra Oberlander corrects a misconception in the Western literature that inadvertently supports the Soviet logic of a lackluster work ethic as a moral flaw and the root cause of low productivity.
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She said that he could not bring change and serve the masses by telling them lies in the public rallies adding that it required working with unmitigated zeal and commitment like Shahbaz Sharif whose work testified to his performance and backbreaking toil.
Olympic contestants on other hand will face a backbreaking 1,500 meter swim followed by an arduous 40 kilometre bike ride and a 10 kilometres run to complete the track.
Huge crowds turned out as the pair sheared 1,457 Welsh strong wool lambs in tandem after a backbreaking nine hours at Coleg Cambria Llysfasi, Ruthin.
He grew up in backbreaking poverty in Jiangsu province and his books set in 1950s and 1960s rural China are drawn from his childhood experiences.
The harsh conditions and backbreaking work prove to be a real shock.
He dreams of a better life than a crop worker and seeks more than the backbreaking labor segregation has brought to his world--and his dreams lead him from the rural fields of Georgia to become one of the most noted African American artists of modern times.