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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.
Origin of grueling
1850-1855
1850-55; slang gruel punishment (noun), punish (v.) + -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
gruelingly, adverb
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gruelling

/ˈɡruːəlɪŋ/
adjective
1.
severe or tiring: a gruelling interview
noun
2.
(informal) a severe experience, esp punishment
Word Origin
C19: from now obsolete vb gruel to exhaust, punish
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Word Origin and History for gruelling
adj.

also grueling, "exhausting, punishing," 1891, from late 18c. slang get one's gruel "receive one's punishment," from gruel.

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