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{adj: arduous, backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, hard, heavy, laborious, operose, punishing, toilsome} characterized by toilsome 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"

{adj: heavy, lumbering, ponderous} slow and laborious because of weight
"the heavy tread of tired troops"
"moved with a lumbering sag-bellied trot"
"ponderous prehistoric beasts"
"a ponderous yawn"

{adj: leaden, plodding} (of movement) slow and laborious
"leaden steps"

{adv: laboriously} in a laborious manner
"their lives were spent in committee making decisions for others to execute on the basis of data laboriously gathered for them"

{n: lucubration} a solemn literary work that is the product of laborious cogitation

{n: lucubration} laborious cogitation

{n: ponderousness, heaviness} an oppressive quality that is laborious and solemn and lacks grace or fluency
"a book so serious that it sometimes subsided into ponderousness"
"his lectures tend to heaviness and repetition"

{n: trudger, plodder, slogger} someone who walks in a laborious heavy-footed manner

{v: bypass, short-circuit, go around, get around} avoid something unpleasant or laborious
"You cannot bypass these rules!"

{v: eke out, squeeze out} make by laborious and precarious means
"He eked out a living as a painter"

{v: extort, wring from} get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner

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