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(Greek legend) a king in ancient Greece who offended Zeus and whose punishment was to roll a huge boulder to the top of a steep hill

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Viewers entered the exhibition via one of Elmgreen & Dragset's most minimal mise-en-scenes, in which two painters carry out the Sisyphean task of painting and repainting an already pristine white gallery; empty buckets of paint were piled in the center of the room as a sculptural souvenir.
It is rusting away, and we should be grateful to all those who have undertaken the Sisyphean task of trying to stop its deterioration.
hand/palm recognition software, face a Sisyphean task in creating policies and programs.
hand/ palm recognition software, face a Sisyphean task in creating policies and programs.
And second, the road is still a Sisyphean task under German control and not yet a Congolese highway.
Once misinformation is introduced, erasing it can be a Sisyphean task.
Iran -- Although there are anti-Iran sentiments in Israel and considerable popular support for a military strike on Iran, polls show a lukewarm response to the Sisyphean task of attacking Iran unilaterally.
Goodlatte, however, will continue the Sisyphean task of pushing the immigration boulder up Capitol Hill.
Survivor" tells of a man wracked with guilt for years after returning from the war, and pain that drives him to the brink of self-destruction; "The Innocents of War" is about the family of a solider who is MIA (missing in action) for over twenty years; and "Rap" follows Vietnam combat veterans trying to readjust from combat to civilian life, a tough to the point of Sisyphean task even with the aid of group therapy at the Veterans Administration.
From an economic point of view, it can be a Sisyphean task to keep the good work.
And then give them the Sisyphean task to transform hostile, ancient cultures into pacific, Westernized societies?
After considering the Sisyphean task of archiving and storing federal government records, Basbanes approvingly cites Balzac's characterization of bureaucracy as a "giant power set in motion by dwarfs.
So I wistfully return to my computer keyboard once again to address the Sisyphean task of music advocacy, when I actually believe that the self-evident worth of music in human experience and the natural world makes the phrase "music advocacy" redundant.
One can't help but be impressed by the scale and scope of the work, which amounts to a Sisyphean task in reverse--hard-won rock samples from towering peaks brought back to laboratories on the other side of the planet.
But Barak Ravid, the paper's diplomatic correspondent, said he had taken on a Sisyphean task, assuming overnight "the most ungrateful job in the West Bank.