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English definition of “break the back of sth”

break the back of sth

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to get most or the worst part of a particular task done: We've broken the back of it now and we should be finished by Friday.Succeeding, achieving and fulfilling
(Definition of break the back of sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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