back·​break·​ing | \ ˈbak-ˌbrā-kiŋ How to pronounce backbreaking (audio) \

Definition of backbreaking

: extremely arduous, exhausting, or demoralizing backbreaking labor backbreaking rents

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backbreaker \ ˈbak-​ˌbrā-​kər How to pronounce backbreaker (audio) \ noun

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modern machinery has significantly eased the backbreaking work of farming
Recent Examples on the Web The Kings were leading 80-60 at the time and led by as many as 26 in the game, dealing the Blazers’ playoff chase a backbreaking blow. oregonlive, "NBA fines CJ McCollum, Alex Len for shoving match during Portland Trail Blazers’ loss to Sacramento Kings," 8 Mar. 2020 Plus, large shovels hold a backbreaking amount of snow. James Jackson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Shovel Snow Without Hurting Yourself," 18 Sep. 2019 Drawing on unprecedented research, Chang shows how these men performed some of the most dangerous, most backbreaking work to build out the railroad from California, yet received virtually no credit for their contributions. Chris Fuchs, NBC News, "5 books to read about the Chinese American experience 2019," 5 Nov. 2019 Spraying fields with pesticides and fertilizers, the drones -- which can cover up to 60 acres a day -- could boost crop yields, save time and make backbreaking field work much easier, according to Bug Away. Sarah Lazarus And Dan Tham, CNN, "Will drones transform farmers' lives in Thailand?," 3 July 2019 Facing the possibility of major defections, a roster implosion or a backbreaking salary cap position, Brand tap-danced his way through the minefield in impressive fashion. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "76ers emerge from inventive free agency as true contenders," 3 July 2019 Unable to afford any other kind of fishing, Theophile ended up going into the nearby cane fields, taking the backbreaking work of processing sugar. Alec Jacobson, National Geographic, "Fishermen fight to survive on the world's second largest lake," 3 May 2019 During the sawmill days of summer and the backbreaking task of winter logging, lumberjacks may find their work a chore and a bore. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019 With Warriors Cleveland has continued to keep pace with Golden State, not letting what could be a backbreaking play, like Nick Young managing to score off an inbound pass with just 1.5 seconds left on the shot clock, break their spirit. Benjamin Hoffman And Marc Stein, New York Times, "N.B.A. Finals: Warriors Survive Superman’s Best Punch in Game 1," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of backbreaking

1766, in the meaning defined above

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“Backbreaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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: involving very difficult physical work or effort

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