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laborious
used in Gulliver's Travels

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Definition
difficult (requiring hard work)
  • That the life I had since led was laborious enough to kill an animal of ten times my strength.
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (28% in)
  • I rested two or three minutes, and then gave the boat another shove, and so on, till the sea was no higher than my arm-pits; and now, the most laborious part being over, I took out my other cables, which were stowed in one of the ships, and fastened them first to the boat, and then to nine of the vessels which attended me; the wind being favourable, the seamen towed, and I shoved, until we arrived within forty yards of the shore; and, waiting till the tide was out, I got dry to the...
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (92% in)
  • Every one knew how laborious the usual method is of attaining to arts and sciences; whereas, by his contrivance, the most ignorant person, at a reasonable charge, and with a little bodily labour, might write books in philosophy, poetry, politics, laws, mathematics, and theology, without the least assistance from genius or study.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (46% in)
  • I had worked two chairs with my knife, the sorrel nag helping me in the grosser and more laborious part.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (72% in)

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