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    Bone-breaking

    What is the meaning of bone-breaking in this passage? Thanks.

    As greatly as I admired Deena after she earned a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics, my admiration grew further still after her heartbreaking rather, bone-breaking race in the 2008 Olympic marathon where she was forced to drop out after less than five miles because of a stress fracture in her foot.

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    Re: Bone-breaking

    The stress of competitive running actually broke one of the bones in her foot.

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    Re: Bone-breaking

    Can it be understood metaphorically as in this sentence?

    Oh, after bone-breaking day under the scorching sun, to sit and listen to the white-bearded professor going on and on about possible caravan mercantile connections between China and Volga...

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    Re: Bone-breaking

    It's not natural.

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    Re: Bone-breaking

    No. It is not a metaphor at all. It is a simple statement of fact.

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