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punishing

adjective uk   /ˈpʌn.ɪ.ʃɪŋ/ us  
very difficult and making you feel tired: Currently she has a punishing schedule of five presentations a day.Complicated and difficult to doDifficult to understand
punishingly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
a punishingly heavy workload (= a very large amount of work)Complicated and difficult to doDifficult to understand

punishing

noun uk   /ˈpʌn.ɪ.ʃɪŋ/ informal us  
take a punishing to be damaged because of rough treatment: My tyres took quite a punishing on the rough terrain.Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
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