a tough row to hoe


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Related to a tough row to hoe: raise hackles, if push comes to shove, gunning for, up and about, without a hitch

a tough row to hoe

a difficult situation to deal with The author said that he knew it would be a tough row to hoe when he began research for this book.
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a tough row to hoe

Informal
A difficult situation to endure.
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The equity has a tough row to hoe, however, as the stock's 10-week and 20-week moving averages continue to loom overhead.