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 for backbreaking
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion;
             especially physical effort; "worked their arduous way up
             the mining valley"; "a grueling campaign"; "hard labor";
             "heavy work"; "heavy going"; "spent many laborious hours
             on the project"; "set a punishing pace" [syn: arduous,
             backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, hard, heavy,
             laborious, operose, punishing, toilsome]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  33 Moby Thesaurus words for "backbreaking":
     Herculean, annoying, arduous, besetting, bothersome, burdensome,
     crushing, effortful, forced, grueling, hard-earned, hard-fought,
     heavy, hefty, irksome, killing, labored, laborious, onerous,
     operose, oppressive, painful, plaguey, punishing, strained,
     strenuous, toilsome, tough, troublesome, trying, uphill, vexatious,

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