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Too long, slow, or dull; tiresome or monotonous.‘a tedious journey’
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- ‘Even when done in the darkroom at home, colour film processing is a long, tedious process.’
- ‘Running or researching can sometimes be hard work, very tedious and very competitive.’
- ‘This movie is tedious and tiring for the audience simply because it is overwhelming.’
- ‘So it may be only a hundred miles or so each way but they are tough miles, hard on the driver and tedious for the passenger.’
- ‘The work was slow and tedious because it yielded such a huge amount of information.’
- ‘Wages are low, hours are long and tedious, and management are often brittle and abrasive.’
- ‘Machines and technology are here to make our lives easier, not to do boring, tedious tasks for us.’
- ‘Also, its an easy way to keep your interest in what can seem to be a tedious routine at times.’
- ‘It was laborious and tedious and horrible, but it got me interested in math.’
- ‘Well, I must admit that I was slightly worried that it might be a rather long and tedious affair.’
- ‘This is traditional in thrillers, and sometimes I have found it tedious and unlikely.’
- ‘These magazines are good for a laugh but they get really really tedious and brain-numbing.’
- ‘Climbing down the side of the cliff looked far too tedious and slow for his likes.’
- ‘It's a long, tedious interview, and I'm not going to go through it point by point.’
- ‘Lack of a break after a long year's tedious work will reduce the efficiency of teachers.’
- ‘After a long and tedious journey, I reached Bled, the place where the conference was to be held.’
- ‘It must also be done within the planning process even if it seems tedious and time consuming.’
- ‘There are few things more tedious than the preoccupations of people for whom the drug scene has become a way of life.’
- ‘We might even find it a bit tedious to keep reading about it in the papers.’
- ‘Later today I head off to the airport for the tedious flight back to Europe.’
Late Middle English: from Old French tedieus or late Latin taediosus, from Latin taedium (see tedium).
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