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back-breaking

Extremely difficult; exhausting; mentally and/or physically taxing to the point of feeling like one's body or spirit will break. Though usually used in reference to physical labor, it can refer figuratively to any job, activity, or task. After 10 years of back-breaking labor in construction, I've decided to finally pursue academia. We put in months of back-breaking work to get ready for our exams in May.
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I am a semi-handicapped senior citizen who thought I'd have to give up my garden because of that pesky back-breaking labor.
And with nearly 43% of the Cambodian population under 15 years of age, and nearly one in three 7- to 14-year-olds unable to attend school, the prospect of breaking out of the grim cycle of abject poverty, back-breaking work and premature death is bleak indeed.
The Cuban Brothers will combine incredible music, hilarious comedy and back-breaking dance moves as only they can.
The quartet are shocked by what they witness when their guides take them to one of the service islands, and are made to realise that their five-star break comes at a cost - and it's the locals who are paying for it via back-breaking, often demeaning and poorly paid work.
They slept in rat-infested shacks surrounded by open sewers and had to earn money by carrying out back-breaking jobs.
Mr Lynch said he wasn't a hardened animal rights activist, 'just a member of the public that lost a cat' concerned about the misuse of the back-breaking traps.
The three subject families live in virtual penury, forced to eke out a meagre existence on a pittance as their menfolk endure back-breaking conditions down the pits, afforded none of the modern-day luxuries we take for granted.
Library visitors can take a step into the past to try their hand at the back-breaking work of Victorian washerwomen.
Ochoa shot a final-round 7-under 65 -- which included one eagle, five birdies and a series of bone-chilling, back-breaking putts.
So you'd imagine Garcia had worked down a pit or done back-breaking labour on a cold, wet building site.
But in reality they faced seven days of back-breaking hard labour without supervision, equipment or training.
It is back-breaking work and the water often brings disease to their families.
Back-breaking labour was all in a day's work when energy company staff swopped their headsets for spades.
Of the original nine characters, only one still remains - Jack Sugden, the prodigal son who was lured back to the rolling hills and back-breaking toil from his life in London.
HARD WORK: National Trust lengthsman Kevin Morgan starts the back-breaking task of removing floating pennywort from Coxes Mill Pond, part of the 20-mile Wey Navigation, at Addlestone near Weybridge, Surrey