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a big ask

An inconvenient request. I know it's a big ask, but could I borrow your car for a week?
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a big ask

If you describe something that someone has asked you to do as a big ask, you mean that it will be difficult to do. It's a pretty big ask to run faster in the second half of the race. Two hours without a comfort break was a big ask for many.
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a big ask

a difficult demand to fulfil. informal
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Friends of the Earth's Big Ask campaign enables people in Wales to ask for change and get answers'.
In short, it's going to be a big ask for Ireland to get anywhere close to what is the rugby equivalent of Kilkenny's four-in-a-row side, but they need a big performance in what will be their last game before the Six Nations.
O'Hare said: "He has shown an awful lot of improvement this year, but I do realise that it is probably a big ask.
It'll be a big ask for us to go down there and get a result.
We're still in there and you never say never but it's going to be a big ask now," said Holleran.
The 22-year-old said: "Twenty goals is a big ask but hopefully I can get a few more.
It will be a big ask for Oldershaw in the last stage with Wilmslow three leagues above them.
Repeating that is a big ask but having kept the squad together they aim to give it a good crack.
I am pleased to support Friends of the Earth's Big Ask climate campaign and its call for a climate change Bill requiring annual cuts in UK carbon dioxide emissions.
I was very impressed, as it was a big ask on her first run back on that ground.
It is all going very well and I am very pleased, but whether he will be ready for the game in Paris on Saturday is a big ask, it really is.
It's a big ask but there are certainly similarities between the two players.
It would be a massive big ask (to face Italy)," said Murphy.
He is 22 years of age and he is a leader who is very talented, he has had a very testing season and when it comes to Cardiff he knows he will be fighting for survival and that is a big ask.
Carluke boss Colin Slater said: "It was a big ask to win here but the score flattered them a bit.