grueling

[groo-uh-ling, groo-ling]
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:
1850–55; slang gruel punishment (noun), punish (v.) + -ing2, -ing1

gruelingly, adverb
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gruelling or (US) grueling (ˈɡruːəlɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  severe or tiring: a gruelling interview
 
n
2.  informal a severe experience, esp punishment
 
[C19: from now obsolete vb gruel to exhaust, punish]
 
grueling or (US) grueling
 
adj
 
n
 
[C19: from now obsolete vb gruel to exhaust, punish]

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Example sentences
Simply put, don't sweat it, its not going to be too gruelling.
Their fraught kinship is what makes their combat so gruelling.
His work is gruelling and awful-and then the client dies and the process starts
  all over again with somebody new.
If a gruelling schedule of televised sport is leaving you heavy round the
  haunches, consider some away-days.
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