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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If we achieve our vision in 8 years, we have a great chance of being a global force in 50 years, but if we can't even achieve that vision in 2025, we'll have an uphill battle,' she said.
It's very stop-start, but we're doing the best we can we've been fighting an uphill battle for quite a while," said Nicky Henderson.
Senate seat, knows he faces an uphill battle at best.
Sharif conceded that the country faces an uphill battle in attracting foreign investment due to negative perceptions in the global market, adding that the nation has fallen behind India.
The Cree family have raised more than pounds 4000 towards their bid to resurrect the local community centre - but find they still face an uphill battle.
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GUUS HIDDINK accepts it will be an uphill battle to stop Manchester United from claiming the Premier League - but has vowed Chelsea will do all they can to stop them.
We've come from an opportunity to go into the top two eight games ago to now having an uphill battle to get back in the play-offs.
After years of fighting an uphill battle to protect the environment, can we put in place measures to help stem the tide of global warming?
I can tell you it's an uphill battle all the way for journalists of any kind in the publishing world now," she wrote.
A contractor seeking delay damages in the face of a "no damages for delay" clause an uphill battle, to say the least.
Westlake also faces an uphill battle, having lost twice to Moorpark.
This will be an uphill battle, but we will continue to push for as much information as possible.
Ian Parnaby is facing an uphill battle in his attempt to qualify for the Asian tour.