1. characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
    worked their arduous way up the mining valley
    heavy going
    hard labor
    heavy work
    set a punishing pace
    a grueling campaign
    spent many laborious hours on the project
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How To Use toilsome In A Sentence

  • It is an essential mechanism of language to assemble by name what is toilsome or impossible to assemble by hand.
  • They found themselves better off in their idle old days under the new regime, enjoying vastly more pleasures and comforts than they had in their busy and toilsome youth under the old regime. Goliah
  • The specialized work seems interesting to outsiders but is actually toilsome, hard and even dangerous.
  • While Pompey was thus anxiously and toilsomely endeavoring to gain the sea-shore, Cæsar was completing his victory over the army which he had left behind him.
  • Marx, though critical of industrial capitalism, also maintained a belief that machines would eventually liberate man from the toilsome qualities of human labor.
  • On the wharves was the smell of tarred seams and cordage, -- sweltering in the sun; in the counting-rooms the clerks could barely keep the drops of moisture from their faces from falling down to blot their toilsome lines of figures on the faultless pages of the ledgers; on the Common, common men surreptitiously stretched themselves in shady corners on the grass, regardless of the police, until they should be found and ordered off; little babies in second-rate boarding-houses, where their fathers and mothers had to stay for cheapness the summer through wailed the helpless, pitiful cry of a slowly murdered infancy; and out on the blazing thoroughfares where business had to be busy, strong men were dropping down, and reporters were hovering about upon the skirts of little crowds, gathering their items; making The Other Girls
  • The problem is that young people regard carving as a toilsome and profitless job.
  • His chief work was done in his study, where he was constantly to be found in an arm-chair with his writing board resting across his arms, engrossed in toilsome arithmetical or analytic processes.
  • Often, when wearied by a toilsome march, I persuaded myself that I was dreaming until night should come, and that I should then enjoy reality in the arms of my dearest friends. Chapter 24
  • I doubt that Gillian Duffy deserved to be called a bigot, even privately, but I feel some sympathy for any politician who, toward the end of a toilsome campaign, snaps back a bit at the public he thinks is about to bite him at the ballot box. The Two Faces Of Gordon Brown
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