Definition of backbreaking
- backbreaking labor
- backbreaking rents
modern machinery has significantly eased the backbreaking work of farming
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abstract, abstruse, complex, complicated, elusive, hairy, insoluble, intricate, involved, knotty, opaque, problematic (also problematical), recondite, serious, spiny, stubborn, thorny, ticklish, tricky;
: involving very difficult physical work or effort
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