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  • They argue that onerous regulation is driving business from the city.
  • My duties weren’t onerous; I only had to greet the guests.
  • While other states have caps of more than a million dollars, and many have no cap at all, several states impose onerous eligibility requirements.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • This is almost never too onerous.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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  • She would never know how deeply he had longed to free himself all these years, how he had stayed with her only because he knew she would be lost otherwise, how onerous it had been to go on and on, day after day, setting right what he had done wrong.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • God knows what Eskimo ice-floe visions had engulfed her when she sank back amid her best sellers, all those bloated books of the month with which she had tried to barricade herself against death, propped her leg up on the stool with the onerous two-handed hitching motion I remembered, and felt the rods of the metal brace slowly grow as chill as stalactites against that wretched, useless, carcinoma-riddled limb.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • For these guys, the concept carried many onerous responsibilities.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • He had spent the previous four years, as he saw it, preparing to fulfill an absurd and onerous duty: to graduate from college.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • He reads from the square of paper in the same onerous voice he used for ours, informing Panem that in honor of the Quarter Quell, there will be twice the number of tributes.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • And Boris, having apparently relieved himself of an onerous duty and extricated himself from an awkward situation and placed another in it, became quite pleasant again.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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  • By the way, your instructions to me never to allow Sir Henry to go out alone will become very much more onerous if a love affair were to be added to our other difficulties.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • But on that onerous day, oppressed beyond relief, my own mortality was borne in upon me on sluggish tides of doom.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • A harmony established contrary to sense is often more onerous than a war.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Ron and Hermione’s prefect duties also became more and more onerous as Christmas approached.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • As for Sir Percy himself, he was universally voted to be totally unqualified for the onerous post he had taken upon himself.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Some did this and continue to do it, though it is perhaps more onerous than working with blacks.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Scarlett wondered how he managed so onerous a job in his condition but asked no questions, realizing wryly that almost anything was possible when necessity drove.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The duke embraced Sancho and told him he was heartily sorry he had given up the government so soon, but that he would see that he was provided with some other post on his estate less onerous and more profitable.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • "Oh, well, nothing at all onerous, I assure you," said Scrim-geour.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • That all this might not be too onerous on the purses of his rustic patrons, who are apt to consider the costs of schooling a grievous burden, and schoolmasters as mere drones, he had various ways of rendering himself both useful and agreeable.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • And besides, he told himself, as one who suddenly remembers that there will be pleasure too in an engagement only the onerous aspects of which he has been considering, and besides I will enjoy the killing of some fascists.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • His function was a responsible one, at once onerous & thankless, and his fidelity in it the greater because of his strong patriotic impulse.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Oh, they were not onerous: just to sit at the head of his table now and then.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • But for the moment he undertook nothing more onerous.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Roran hesitated, as if unable to decide whether her request was serious and, if so, how he could politely extricate himself from such an unlooked-for and rather onerous obligation.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • As SAC’s third-ranking Intelligence officer, junior to the A-2 and his deputy, both brigadiers, Colonel Bragg naturally drew the most onerous hours—midnight to 0800.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Between them the two families got a great portion of her private savings out of her, and finally she fled to London followed by the anathemas of both, and determined to seek for servitude again as infinitely less onerous than liberty.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Having at last taken her course Tess was less restless and abstracted, going about her business with some self-assurance in the thought of acquiring another horse for her father by an occupation which would not be onerous.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • From Lonjino, Deo first heard about the onerous taxes the Belgians imposed, how small owners of cows or crops had to turn over the best part of their milk, produce, and meat to the local Burundian chiefs, who administered the hills for the colonists.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • It was partly to avoid the onerous houseboat chores assigned them by their father that Farmer and his siblings threw themselves into virtually every extracurricular activity that Hernando High in Brooksville offered.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • And ’orribly and onerously overrun?
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • But as long as the task is both onerous and repetitive, I discovered, the mind is not only free to wander to more imaginative climes, it actually flees to higher planes.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • …arrogating to herself, because it fills her veins also, nourishment from the old blood that crossed uncharted seas and continents and battled wilderness hardships and lurking circumstances and fatalities, with tranquil disregard of whatever onerous carks to leisure and even peace which the preservation of it incurs upon what might be called the contemporary transmutable fountainhead who contrives to keep the crass foodbearing corpuscles sufficiently numerous and healthy in the stream.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • The milk of the poppy, for when the pain grows too onerous.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • His duties had not been onerous but now he found that he had an overwhelming desire to sneeze.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • And if what you come up with is stupidly onerous we’re going to ignore it.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • It is a very onerous business,[467] this of being served, and the debtor naturally wishes to give you a slap.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • They do not want to wind up like chicken growers — who in recent years have become virtually powerless, trapped by debt and by onerous contracts written by the large processors.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • If the second class has the power of making the laws, it will certainly not be lavish of taxes, because nothing is so onerous as a large impost which is levied upon a small income.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Young, handsome, rich, but recently from the patrician circles of Roman society, it is easy to think of the world besetting him with appeals not to give more to onerous duty or ambition attended with outlawry and danger.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • She worked better and faster than the slave woman who had taken over much of old Mary’s sewing—and if she had an enemy on the plantation, it was that woman, Liza, who was now in danger of being sent to more onerous work.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • They consider marriages as a covenant which is often onerous, but every condition of which the parties are strictly bound to fulfil, because they knew all those conditions beforehand, and were perfectly free not to have contracted them.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • …made a fine figurehead at ceremonies and spoke well—all of which had by the time he was knighted given him a heavy look, a weary look (the stream of patients being so incessant, the responsibilities and privileges of his profession so onerous), which weariness, together with his grey hairs, increased the extraordinary distinction of his presence and gave him the reputation (of the utmost importance in dealing with nerve cases) not merely of lightning skill, and almost infallible…
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • She soon found that whistling to the bullfinches in Mrs d’Urberville’s room was no such onerous business when she had regained the art, for she had caught from her musical mother numerous airs that suited those songsters admirably.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • ’twas ostensibly ominous in the overview To be ’orribly and onerously overrun.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Proceed at haste and speed and celerity, without delay, diversion or divagation to Dunkirk for the purposes of immediate evacuation on account of being ’orribly and onerously overrun from all directions.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • The insubstantial frost feathers ensured that those last twenty feet remained hard, scary, onerous.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Monarchical institutions have thrown an odium upon despotism; let us beware lest democratic republics should restore oppression, and should render it less odious and less degrading in the eyes of the many, by making it still more onerous to the few.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The Americans have contrived in every way to make the common people eligible to the jury, and to render the service as little onerous as possible.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • So the oppression of Hutus in Burundi was both less onerous than in Rwanda and not as neatly identified as a Tutsi oppression.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
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