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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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 The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl would guide Trump’s nominee through the grueling Senate process., "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,, "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 Returning to an elite training level so soon was a grueling task. Anthony Gulizia,, "‘One more go’ in Boston motivated Shalane Flanagan," 13 Apr. 2018 After playing three grueling games, will Vrsaljko be able to force a fresh Mbappe back to play defense? John Kass,, "Joy of Chicago's Croatians cresting as World Cup final with France approaches," 13 July 2018 With the game in Washington, Harper will be in the grueling role of ambassador—taking part in Home Run Derby, for instance, and satisfying corporate sponsor obligations. Tom Verducci,, "Nine Innings: How Bryce Harper Is Trying to Revive His Season, What We Learned in the First Half and More," 9 July 2018 If not, there are two newly available medications that can make withdrawal from opioids less grueling. Houston Chronicle, "How to “live long and prosper”," 7 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of grueling

: very difficult : requiring great effort


variants: or gruelling \ˈgrü-ə-liŋ \

Kids Definition of grueling

: calling for great effort a grueling job

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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