backbreaking backbreaking

Definition(s):

  • (adj) characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort

Usage(s):

  1. Without the groundbreaking -- and backbreaking -- efforts of Louis, Mary and Richard, the story of how we evolved would still be largely untold.
  2. Mummies from a rural oasis provide a rare window onto the brief, backbreaking lives of ordinary Egyptians 2,000 years ago.
  3. It is a refuge for those seeking relief from the backbreaking labors of rural life and a home for those fleeing the violence on Pakistan's troubled frontier with Afghanistan.

News

  1. In nation's breadbasket, Latinos stuck in poverty

    On a warm spring day, farmworker Cristina Melendez was bedridden and unable to make her way back into the asparagus fields of central California for the kind of backbreaking work she's done since childhood. ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. In a nation soon to be majority minority, Hispanics struggle to climb out of poverty

    FRESNO, Calif. - On a warm spring day, farmworker Cristina Melendez was bedridden and unable to make her way back into the asparagus fields of central California for the kind of backbreaking work she's done since childhood.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

  3. NBA: San Antonio 92, Miami 88

    MIAMI, June 7 (UPI) -- Tony Parker hit the backbreaking jumper with 5.2 seconds left Thursday, lifting San Antonio to a 92-88 win over Miami in the opener of the NBA Finals.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: UPI

Quotes

  1. New York Democrat, Senator Chuck Schumer said, "The backbreaking cost of this war to American families, the federal budget and the entire economy are beyond measure in many ways."
    on Nov 13, 2007 By: Charles Schumer Source: NBC Augusta

  2. "It is an interesting challenge for a driver," said Loeb, who has given up a drive in the 24-hour Le Mans race later this year to focus on winning a seventh title. "The special stages are not too backbreaking, but a good mix, with very quick...
    on Mar 3, 2010 By: Sebastien Loeb Source: AFP

  3. "Brian has put together an amazing group of talent. I'm so honored to have been asked to sing while they skate," commented Manilow. "I'm practicing my double-herniated-triple-backbreaking-axle in case they ask me to skate!"
    on Sep 26, 2007 By: Barry Manilow Source: All American Patriots (press release)

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