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also gru·el·ling  (gro͞o′ə-lĭng, gro͞o′lĭng)
Physically or mentally demanding to the point of exhaustion: a grueling campaign.

gru′el·ing·ly adv.
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(ˈgru ə lɪŋ, ˈgru lɪŋ)

exhausting; very tiring; arduously severe: a grueling marathon.
n. Also, esp. Brit.,gru′el•ling.
[1850–55; gruel punishment (n.), punish (v.) (compare to get one's gruel to be punished, killed) + -ing2, -ing1]
gru′el•ing•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.grueling - characterized by effort to the point of exhaustiongrueling - 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
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(American) grueling (ˈgrueliŋ) adjective
exhausting. a gruelling race.
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