(Especially of manual labor) physically demanding: a day’s back-breaking work
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- In poverty-stricken neighbourhoods of the city, the vast majority of children must work, often doing back-breaking manual labour for a few pounds a day.
- Monday meant a return to the fields and back-breaking labour.
- Those capable of working were not sent to the gas chambers, but put to back-breaking labour under horrific conditions.
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