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laborious
used in Moby Dick

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difficult (requiring hard work)
  • For that business is an exceedingly laborious one; is not very soon completed; and requires all hands to set about it.
    Chapters 64-66 — Stubb's Supper; The Whale as a Dish; The Shark Massacre (87% in)
  • "The ship's company being reduced to but a handful, the captain called upon the Islanders to assist him in the laborious business of heaving down the ship to stop the leak.
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (92% in)
  • ...you must be a thorough whaleman, to see these sights; and not only that, but if you wish to return to such a sight again, you must be sure and take the exact intersecting latitude and longitude of your first stand-point, else so chance-like are such observations of the hills, that your precise, previous stand-point would require a laborious re-discovery; like the Soloma Islands, which still remain incognita, though once high-ruffed Mendanna trod them and old Figuera chronicled them.
    Chapters 55-57 — Monstrous Pictures of Whales; Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales; Whales in Paint.... (96% in)
  • His spout was short, slow, and laborious; coming forth with a choking sort of gush, and spending itself in torn shreds, followed by strange subterranean commotions in him, which seemed to have egress at his other buried extremity, causing the waters behind him to upbubble.
    Chapters 79-81 — The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (40% in)

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