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[bak-brey-king] /ˈbækˌbreɪ kɪŋ/
demanding great effort, endurance, etc.; exhausting:
a backbreaking job.
Also, back-breaking.
Origin of backbreaking
1780-90; back1 + break + -ing2
Related forms
backbreaker, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for backbreaking
  • Seafaring in the age of sail was backbreaking work and fraught with peril, but the sailor's real scourge was scurvy.
  • By any measuring stick, it was grueling, backbreaking work.
  • He populated his stories with downtrodden characters fatalistically conditioned and controlled by their backbreaking labor.
  • Why we're filling the malls even as backbreaking energy costs and other ills shrink our spending power.
  • It was backbreaking, discouraging toil, with the dogs soon weakening and becoming difficult to handle.
  • They learn that picking cotton is backbreaking work.
  • Both of these devices are horrible backbreaking operations.
  • Machines, equipment, and chemicals now perform tasks formerly completed in a backbreaking manner.
  • The creek possessed only coarse gold, so this backbreaking labor resulted in marginal gains.
  • Laborers on these farms performed backbreaking work for little pay, and lived in poor conditions in migrant worker camps.
British Dictionary definitions for backbreaking


demanding great effort; exhausting
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