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spent many laborious hours on the project
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laborious laboriously laboriousness
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  • spent many laborious hours on the project
  • who still sat laboriously struggling for breath
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • You’ve cut off your hair?" asked Jim, laboriously, as if he had not arrived at that patent fact yet even after the hardest mental labor.
    O. Henry  --  The Gift of the Maji
  • She did not hear her feet scraping down the broad stairs, or the courthouse clock laboriously strike two-thirty; she did not feel the dank air of the first floor.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • She staggers, falls to the ground, then rises laboriously.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • And in the matter of education, whereas they from early youth are always undergoing laborious exercises which are to make them brave, we live at ease, and yet are equally ready to face the perils which they face.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • Mistakes are made, regrets form, and all that was left were repercussions that made something as simple as rising from the bed seem almost laborious.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • I ran the canoe ashore and, fearfully laden with cameras, guns, binoculars and other gear, laboriously climbed the shifting sands of the esker to the shadowy place where the female wolf had disappeared.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Paige is laboriously wheeling herself down the street.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • He moved slowly, the heaviness in his chest seeming to seep into his limbs, making every step laborious and painful.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100

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  • This laborious exercise enabled him to read the day’s newspapers online.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Red’s pace was more laborious.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Scarlett was sitting downstairs, laboriously copying faces from the manga she had been reading onto scrap paper.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • She kept her eyes on her work and moved the big broom back and forth laboriously.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • So on Friday of Valentine’s week, four of the girls and I laboriously fluttered and putted in choppy waters toward the landing in Bluffton.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • As a student at Duke, I had read the master laboriously in French.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • From time to time they get up, unbuckling themselves laboriously, and hobble to the back of the plane, to smoke cigarettes and line up for the washroom.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Our little cavalcade huddled on the bridge, waiting impatiently for the wagons to complete their laborious entry.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Laboriously I began to climb and scramble for it—over and around the chunks of concrete—but I had not got very far when I realized that I was going to have to go the other way.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Let us face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • By the standards of the early twentieth century, even a member of the Inner Party lives an austere, laborious kind of life.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • It had been for some time, and now even the thought of those laborious sessions of lying beneath Rasheed made Madam queasy in the gut.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • As for Passepartout, his face was as red as the sun’s disc when it sets in the mist, and he laboriously inhaled the biting air.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Which was it? I tossed in my sheets and stared at the ceiling, dismayed at the thought of six laborious, interminable nights of yelda until I saw her again.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • He was delighted at the unexpected rapidity of his pupil’s progress, but could not abandon the edifice of argument he had laboriously constructed.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • After he carefully tied Brom to the makeshift litter, Saphira grasped the saplings and laboriously took flight.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • He did not plod laboriously through the centuries; he danced, said the critics, down the road of the ages, as a jester, a friend and a prophet.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He clambered laboriously onto the railing and dropped down onto the other side of it.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • It breathed slowly, laboriously, making a wet sound with each breath.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • The agent had the deed all ready, and invited them to sit down and read it; this Szedvilas proceeded to do—a painful and laborious process, during which the agent drummed upon the desk.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Arthur looked down at Marvin, who now made an equally big show of turning round laboriously and trudging off down into the crater again muttering sour nothings to himself.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Then, laboriously in French: " Je crois qua vous avez un erreur."
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • For that business is an exceedingly laborious one; is not very soon completed; and requires all hands to set about it.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Unredeemed by shared tenderness, the time was spent in laborious gropings, pullings, yankings and jerkings.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • I design to secrete it in the wall of the chimney, where I have slowly and laboriously made a place of concealment for it.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • After my laborious conquest, I’ve distanced myself a little from the situation, but you mustn’t think my love has cooled.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • The school didn’t have its students learn programming by the laborious computer-card system, like virtually everyone else was doing in the 1960s.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • He was digging in his garden–digging, too, in his own mind, laboriously turning up the substance of his thought.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Harry was left staring down at Moody, who placed his staff on the bottommost stair and started to climb laboriously toward him, a dull clunk on every other step.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • That the life I had since led was laborious enough to kill an animal of ten times my strength.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Vanger stood up, laboriously again, and took the photograph of Harriet Vanger from the desk.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Nonetheless it took another five years before the tale was brought to its present end; in that time I changed my house, my chair, and my college, and the days though less dark were no less laborious.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Out of these precepts he was laboriously constructing a harmonious whole, which he desired to present to souls.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • There was nothing to justify the five years of work and the millions spent; nothing but empty excavations, laboriously cut.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Slowly, laboriously, she heaved herself over and pulled her heavy skirts up to her thighs.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Nevertheless, in the goodness of her heart she laboriously spelled out her instructions to me in special lessons twice a week, to give Miss Sullivan a little rest.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • The doors of the trucks had been closed, and the train was starting off, slowly and laboriously.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • I could see by the working of his face that he was trying to think, and the process was so slow and laborious that, in my new-found security, I laughed aloud.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Having learned late in life, Tom was but a slow reader, and passed on laboriously from verse to verse.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • It passed slowly out of sight; but still he heard in his ears the laborious drone of the engine reiterating the syllables of her name.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
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