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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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The often backbreaking work, however, offers a small starting salary, a glacially slow hiring process and little time for training because of staff shortages.
A quarter of those questioned were allegedly claiming benefits while earning up to pounds 1,200 a day from the seasonal work, showing how lucrative the backbreaking and dangerous work can be
Merseyside police launched a major investigation following our exclusive report on how local teenagers, some aged just 14, are promised a fun working week on the Welsh coast - but in reality are met with seven days of backbreaking work without supervision, equipment or training.
Uprooting small trees, shrubs and bushes need no longer be backbreaking work, thanks to the Tree Popper.
A typical day was spent cooking, cleaning, taking care of children and cows, and spending several backbreaking hours in a rice paddy.
Indeed, in some cases, conditions were worse, for instance when architects demanded that beams and planks be cut using traditional backbreaking and blinding manual techniques rather than machines.
Air-vacuum excavation systems eliminate the backbreaking labor involved in hand digging and, since spoils slay dry for use as backfill, there are no spoils disposal costs.
Last year, FISC Sailors tackled a rocky and weed-infested plot of "jungle" alongside Momilani and, thanks to days of backbreaking labor under rain and heat, turned it into a landscaped Hawaiian garden where hundreds of students have since learned to identify endemic Hawaiian flora.
There her size is an asset, and she feels at home for the first time despite the hazardous, backbreaking work.
The experience of doing backbreaking hard labor also provided him with a drive and a solid work ethic, and has given him perspective.
According to a study conducted by Cuba's own Center for Anthropology in 2002, Cuba's black workers were disproportionally found toiling at the lowest-paying, backbreaking occupations and crowded into dilapidated dwellings in neighborhoods like Havana's Cerro, Luyano and Guanabacoa, or in Soviet-style projects like Alamar.
And work in the nearby Kolyma gold fields was so backbreaking thai very few survived it for more than a couple of years.
He loves their good-hearted nature and the camaraderie of how backbreaking work binds them together.
At a time when many of his countrymen have developed pre-war jitters and stayed safely at home, the 54-year-old Californian resident has chosen to undertake a backbreaking tour which is taking him half-way around the world and back again.