exhausting, tiring, taxing, draining, demanding, exacting, difficult, arduous, strenuous, back-breaking, punishing, crippling; informal murderous; Brit.; informal knackering

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  • gruelling — also grueling, exhausting, punishing, 1891, from late 18c. slang get one s gruel receive one s punishment, from GRUEL (Cf. gruel) …   Etymology dictionary

  • gruelling — meaning ‘extremely arduous or demanding’, is spelt with two ls in BrE and also as grueling in AmE …   Modern English usage

  • gruelling — (US grueling) ► ADJECTIVE ▪ extremely tiring and demanding. DERIVATIVES gruellingly adverb. ORIGIN from obsolete gruel «exhaust, punish», from get one s gruel «receive one s punishment» …   English terms dictionary

  • gruelling — [[t]gru͟ːəlɪŋ[/t]] ADJ GRADED A gruelling activity is extremely difficult and tiring to do. He had complained of exhaustion after his gruelling schedule over the past week... This flight was more gruelling than I had expected! Syn: exhausting (in …   English dictionary

  • gruelling — grueling grueling, gruelling gruellingadj. 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gruelling — UK [ˈɡruːəlɪŋ] / US [ˈɡru(ə)lɪŋ] adjective very difficult and involving a lot of continuous effort a gruelling twelve mile race the President s gruelling schedule …   English dictionary

  • gruelling — adj. Gruelling/grueling is used with these nouns: ↑journey, ↑process, ↑race, ↑schedule, ↑test, ↑tour, ↑trek, ↑work, ↑workout …   Collocations dictionary

  • gruelling — gru|el|ling BrE grueling AmE [ˈgru:əlıŋ] adj [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: gruel to punish (1800 1900), from gruel food ; because people were given gruel as a punishment] very difficult and tiring ▪ The cast took a break from their gruelling schedule …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gruelling — BrE grueling AmE adjective very tiring because you have to use a lot of effort for a long time: a gruelling 6 hour mountain hike gruellingly adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • gruelling — adjective see grueling …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gruelling — adjective /ˈɡɹʊə.lɪŋ,ˈɡɹu.lɪŋ,ˈɡɹu.əl.ɪŋ/ So difficult or taxing as to make one exhausted; backbreaking. Syn: backbreaking, exhausting …   Wiktionary

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