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At last, they won their long and arduous fight for independence.
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arduous arduously arduousness
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  • At last, they won their long and arduous fight for independence.
  • She undertook the arduous work of caring for twins.
  • I appreciate your willingness after these six arduous days to remain here.
  • being a commercial traveller is arduous but without travelling I couldn’t earn my living.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis

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  • My dear guardian, with the assistance of Miss Prism, has the arduous task of looking after me.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • To you who are the sons and brothers of the departed, I see that the struggle to emulate them will be an arduous one.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • It was only a couple of stories below the Glade proper, but the Glade occupants were manipulated into thinking the trip up was an impossibly long and arduous journey.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • The white rectangle moved with the busy arduous ants.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Hauling Sticky and Constance to safety was an arduous, tricky business (and an unpleasant one, too, as Constance complained the whole time of Sticky’s elbow in her ribs).
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • She resented the arduous preparation for the journey to Meeting, the heavy leather boots, the knit socks drawn over them, the clumsy little footstove they had to lug all the way, that cooled off long before the sermon was finished and left one to sit with stinging fingers and toes, while the breath of the whole congregation rose like the smoke from so many pipes.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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  • We did not consider going to British-controlled Palestine as the life there would be too arduous for my parents.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Others I intuitively judged to lack the necessary temperament for the arduous task at hand.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • But also in the littler things, having a partner lightened the load, could even make the arduous task of filling my family’s table enjoyable.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Driven by this thought, he began the arduous journey, on foot, back through the Spine.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • It was a brief resting period between the exacting and arduous planting season and the equally exacting but light-hearted month of harvests.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Pine trees flanked the road, fewer than I remembered and many of them bare, but it was good to see trees again after the arduous drive through the Khyber Pass.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • The materials at present within my command hardly appeared adequate to so arduous an undertaking, but I doubted not that I should ultimately succeed.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • It was a longdrawn, arduous and painful event that left me bathing in sweat and helpless with exhaustion, a trial worse than a high fever.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Then we all returned to Hawaii, while I prepared for another arduous journey, the one I had promised myself, promised my departed brothers in my prayers, and promised the families, whenever I could.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Even this simple conversation seemed impossibly arduous.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • The Japanese government made contracts with private companies to send enlisted POWs to factories, mines, docks, and railways, where the men were forced into exceptionally arduous war-production or war-transport labor.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The constant heat drained her strength and made even the smallest task arduous.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Dworakowski had destroyed the structure of self-deception I had so arduously maintained.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • She swallowed dryly several times during the arduous trek up the stairs to her apartment, but she was sleeping soundly again by the time Nately undressed her and put her to bed.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • They were allowed, on my representation, to rest from their arduous labours, and soon afterwards—as if their sole principle of life had been zeal for their country’s service—as I verily believe it was—withdrew to a better world.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Certainly, these powerful reveries have their moral utility, and by these arduous paths one approaches to ideal perfection.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The day had been long and arduous, and he slept soundly and comfortably, though he growled and barked and wrestled with bad dreams.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Well, you can imagine how hard it was to settle down to arduous work at 2 a week when I knew that I could earn as much in a day by smearing my face with a little paint, laying my cap on the ground, and sitting still.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • He was alone, if the solitary sentinel who paced the mound be excepted; for the artillerists had hastened also to profit by the temporary suspension of their arduous duties.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Even so, I had just returned from an arduous journey, exhausted and badly needing a rest.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • But now, he turned against the stream in which he had drifted so short a while before, and began swimming arduously back against the current.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • It was not a very arduous office, but very pleasantly remunerative.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • Indeed he was, but my pleasure was qualified by a sense of the arduous task it would be to put such a craft together so as to be fit for sea.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • They were singing discordantly, arduously, and with great effort, evidently not because they wished to sing, but because they wanted to show they were drunk and on a spree.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The first Everesters were obliged to trek 400 arduous miles from Darjeeling across the Tibetan plateau simply to reach the foot of the mountain.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • It was about this time I conceiv’d the bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • They took leave of all, and of the good Maritornes, who, sinner as she was, promised to pray a rosary of prayers that God might grant them success in such an arduous and Christian undertaking as that they had in hand.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Not too arduous, I hope?
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • And there’s one other thing: Zayd likes the way Cedric reserves friendship until it is arduously won.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • In the prow, with a glow of satisfaction in his eyes, Jose Arcadio Segundo was directing the arduous maneuver.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The march to the concession stand was sustained and arduous.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • She is like someone who has performed an arduous journey on the strength of a promise and who now ceases completely and waits.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • As I followed the chief waiter with my eyes, I could not help thinking that the garden in which he had gradually blown to be the flower he was, was an arduous place to rise in.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • It was not, in the end, too arduous a descent.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Burke had exhausted all his eloquence in trying to induce the British Government to fight the revolutionary government of France, but Mr. Pitt, with characteristic prudence, did not feel that this country was fit yet to embark on another arduous and costly war.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • The rest of us must be contented with a fair, but a less arduous, goal.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • It was arduous work and neither of them knew the technique.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Unlike no few of England’s renowned sailors, long and arduous service with signal devotion to it, had not resulted in absorbing and salting the entire man.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • "With his typical understatement, Mortenson doesn’t say much about the twenty-four hours it took to haul himself up to reach Fine other than to comment that it was "fairly arduous.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Also, for the purpose of her cure, he had for many years pretended to a rigid domesticity from which he was drifting away, and this pretense became more arduous in this effortless immobility, in which he was inevitably subjected to microscopic examination.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
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