grueling

adjective
gru·el·ing | \ˈgrü-ə-liŋ \
variants: or gruelling

Definition of grueling 

: trying or taxing to the point of exhaustion : punishing a grueling race

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Other Words from grueling

gruelingly \ˈgrü-ə-liŋ-lē \ adverb

Examples of grueling in a Sentence

running a marathon is grueling cutting diamonds can be grueling work

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The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl would guide Trump’s nominee through the grueling Senate process. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump picks Kavanaugh for Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 Some hospitals are unwilling to do that for patients over 70, as the operation and recovery are so grueling. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "He had 2 heart transplants. At 43, as a new dad, he needed a third," 13 June 2018 As mayor and governor, Rendell was famous for his ability to keep a grueling schedule on four hours of sleep a night. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Former Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell announces he has Parkinson's disease," 18 June 2018 What helps with the grueling schedule, Gloria said, is that the performers feel a personal connection to the show. Margaret Gray, latimes.com, "They're Gloria and Emilio Estefan, eight shows a week: How the stars of 'On Your Feet!' channel pop heroes," 10 July 2018 The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl would guide Trump’s nominee through the grueling Senate process. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump picks Kavanaugh for Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl would guide Trump’s nominee through the grueling Senate process. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump makes decision on his Supreme Court pick, will reveal it at 9 p.m.," 9 July 2018 On a recent Sunday morning, less than 40 days before voters cast the first ballots in Maryland’s race for governor, Democrat Rushern L. Baker III was up before dawn for a grueling task unlikely to earn him many votes. Erin Cox, baltimoresun.com, "In governor's race, Democrat Rushern Baker says he turned around Prince George's and will do same for Maryland," 17 May 2018 The series is determining the right to supremacy, standing last after a grueling season, and a championship parade to unite the city. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Bryce Harper's love affair with his Vegas Golden Knights - and hockey - goes into overtime," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of grueling

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grueling

from present participle of obsolete gruel to exhaust, punish, from gruel, noun

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The first known use of grueling was in 1852

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grueling

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of grueling

: very difficult : requiring great effort

grueling

adjective
gru·el·ing
variants: or gruelling \ˈgrü-ə-liŋ \

Kids Definition of grueling

: calling for great effort a grueling job

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