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 for grueling
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  grueling \grueling\, gruelling \gruelling\adj.
     1. characterized by toilsome effort; requiring extreme
        physical or mental effort; as, a grueling campaign.
     Syn: arduous, backbreaking, back-breaking, exhausting,
          gruelling, hard, heavy, laborious, labourious,
          punishing, slavish, strenuous, toilsome.
          [WordNet 1.5]

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 :

  60 Moby Thesaurus words for "grueling":
     Herculean, annoying, arduous, backbreaking, besetting, bothersome,
     burdensome, castigatory, chastening, chastising, corrective,
     crushing, devitalizing, disciplinary, draining, effortful,
     enervating, enfeebling, exhausting, fatiguesome, fatiguing, forced,
     hard-earned, hard-fought, heavy, hefty, inflictive, irksome,
     killing, labored, laborious, onerous, operose, oppressive, painful,
     penal, penological, plaguey, punishing, punitive, punitory,
     retributive, sapping, strained, straining, strenuous, stressful,
     tiresome, tiring, toilsome, tough, troublesome, trying, uphill,
     vexatious, weakening, weariful, wearing, wearisome, wearying

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