a long row to hoe

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a long row to hoe

A particularly difficult or problematic task, situation, or set of circumstances to contend with or confront. Immigration reform was one of the new president's primary campaign promises, but it will likely prove a long row to hoe, given the deep divisions in congress. I know finishing this thesis will be a long row to hoe, but I'm actually looking forward to the challenge.
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The talented, experienced ethnic theater artist has a long row to hoe with white and ethnic arts institutions.
The company could have a long row to hoe, so to speak, as its current position places it below the peak call open interest in the November and December series.