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heavy going

difficult to do, understand, or make progress with. Jim finds math heavy going. Talking to Mary is heavy going. She has nothing interesting to say.
See also: going, heavy

heavy going

Also, heavy weather.
1. Difficult, as in Tom found calculus heavy going, or It's going to be heavy weather for us from here on. The first expression originally referred to a road or path that was hard to negotiate; the variant alludes to bad weather at sea. [Mid-1800s]
2. make heavy weather of. Make hard work or a fuss over something, especially unnecessarily. For example, They made heavy weather of the differences between their proposals, which actually seemed much alike . This use of weather likens a commotion to a storm. [Mid-1900s]
See also: going, heavy
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We had some heavy weather, which only proved the qualities of the HISPANIOLA.
Before descending into the bowels of the ship, we had passed from the deck into a long narrow apartment, not unlike a gigantic hearse with windows in the sides; having at the upper end a melancholy stove, at which three or four chilly stewards were warming their hands; while on either side, extending down its whole dreary length, was a long, long table, over each of which a rack, fixed to the low roof, and stuck full of drinking-glasses and cruet-stands, hinted dismally at rolling seas and heavy weather.
The only explanation she gave of the change in her was, that the dull heavy weather of the last few days made her feel a little languid and nervous.
In heavy weather you jockey her with the screws as well," says Captain Hodgson, and, unclipping the jointed bar which divides the engine-room from the bare deck, he leads me on to the floor.
We was runnin' our Eastun' down, an' makun' heavy weather of ut.
But the captain, having some unusual reason for believing that rare good luck awaited him in those latitudes; and therefore being very averse to quit them, and the leak not being then considered at all dangerous, though, indeed, they could not find it after searching the hold as low down as was possible in rather heavy weather, the ship still continued her cruisings, the mariners working at the pumps at wide and easy intervals; but no good luck came; more days went by, and not only was the leak yet undiscovered, but it sensibly increased.
And on sped Raffles like a yacht before the wind, and on I blundered like a wherry at sea, making heavy weather all.
It was given out that he had either thrown himself overboard or fallen overboard in the heavy weather that we were having.
Kolkata: Chennai Super Kings made heavy weather of a small chase before Ravindra Jadeja's blitzkrieg powered the visitors to a four-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in a Pepsi Indian Premier League match here on Saturday.
Obviously we've had lots of heavy weather, it's been raining an awful lot, and the tree for whatever reason came down," Inspector Andrea Webber of Devon and Cornwall Police told Sky News.
Harris' wonder goal from 30 yards on 18 minutes lit up a tense contest, with Andy Morrell's men making heavy weather of seeing off visitors Barrow.
He said the troops will be dispatched to those communities in the Central and Western parts of the state hardest hit by yesterday's heavy weather.
IN MY walk up from Liverpool Central Station to my office, I passed a small army of road sweepers, presumably deployed to tidy up after the heavy weather we've recently experienced.
She added that the heavy weather was more typical of autumn than summer.
There's no one-size-fits-all method for dealing with heavy weather, other than not being out there in the first place.