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grueling

[groo-uh-ling, groo-ling] /ˈgru ə lɪŋ, ˈgru lɪŋ/
adjective
1.
exhausting; very tiring; arduously severe:
the grueling Boston marathon.
noun
2.
any trying or exhausting procedure or experience.
Also, especially British, gruelling.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; slang gruel punishment (noun), punish (v.) + -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
gruelingly, adverb
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