an uphill battle

an uphill battle

A task that is very daunting from the outset and continues to be challenging. The incumbent is so popular that defeating her will be an uphill battle. I'm terrible at math, so I have a real uphill battle ahead of me if I want to improve my grade in Algebra.
See also: battle, uphill

uphill battle

 and uphill struggle
Fig. a hard struggle. Convincing the senator to see our point of view was an uphill battle, but we finally succeeded.
See also: battle, uphill

an uphill ˈstruggle/ˈbattle/ˈtask

something that is difficult and takes a lot of effort over a long period of time: After the recent scandal, he faces an uphill struggle to win back public support before the next election.
See also: battle, struggle, task, uphill
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It'll be an uphill battle for us especially after the way Celtic played against Alloa.
For the moment, however, this remains an uphill battle, and these works seem to mourn the loss of an active subject while illustrating the pitfalls of a colonized daily life.
As long as phrases like "price per pound" exist, obtaining the deserved dollar for engineered castings will be an uphill battle.
Pricing in property/casualty lines may be improving, but insurers striving to make themselves more attractive to investors and acquirers still face an uphill battle, two investment experts said.
We've made some real inroads there but it's still an uphill battle.
Raisio faces an uphill battle against competition from Anglo-Dutch global behemoth Unilever.
And even then JFK had to fight an uphill battle to convince more than a few voters that, if elected, he would not be taking orders from the pope.
Conyers says that while he believes there is a strong need for the legislation, he admits he's facing an uphill battle even getting the legislation to the floor for a vote.
Currently, Berman is working to get the library profession to provide more free services and better access to information for the poor - an uphill battle at a time when resources are shrinking and libraries are charging fees for services more often.
So even the most nutrition-conscious parents have an uphill battle.
Significant price discounting tended to have the opposite effect, making brand growth much more of an uphill battle.
Texas Democrats have been fighting an uphill battle against Republicans for almost two decades, but a new Washington-based group wants to invest tens of millions of dollars to turn Texas blue.
FULHAM face an uphill battle to continue their Euro adventure following a first-half Juventus goal blitz at the Stadio Olimpico.
Summary: Tottenham face an uphill battle in the Uefa Cup after losing 2-0 to RSC Olympiyskiy.
BIRMINGHAM University face an uphill battle to reach the Premier Squash League final after losing their opening semi-final leg 4-1 to Redwood Probuild Bristol last night.