ordeal noun

ADJ. long | dreadful, terrible, terrifying

VERB + ORDEAL endure, face, go through, suffer, undergo | subject sb to She was subjected to a terrible six-day ordeal. | survive | recover from | be spared

PREP. ~ by (often humorous) This is the fourth time the prime minister has faced ordeal by egg (= had eggs thrown at him). | ~ of They were spared the ordeal of giving evidence in court.

PHRASES an ordeal at the hands of sb their 20-hour ordeal at the hands of a gunman