One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘He paid tribute to the dedication of the Department's staff and others who worked punishingly long days in stressful and often distressing conditions during the seven months it took to bring the terrible epidemic under control.’
- ‘However, although still punishingly cold at night, the last couple of days have been sunny (the start of spring?’
- ‘Scads of silvery fish leap above the water's punishingly bright surface; not far away, a dolphin crests, hangs suspended above a wave, and vanishes.’
- ‘Considering that his normal training routine is punishingly brutal - two hours, three times a day after a 15-day strengthening course in Portugal - Harrison will thus be in supreme condition.’
- ‘Seth's work is the craft of a maximum minimalist that works exquisitely against the grain of our punishingly complicated, cluttered culture.’
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