an uphill battle

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an uphill battle/fight/struggle

  also an uphill job/task
if something you are trying to do is an uphill struggle, it is very difficult, often because other people are causing problems for you Environmentalists face an uphill struggle convincing people to use their cars less. We're trying to expand our business, but it's an uphill battle.
See also: battle, uphill
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Remember all those hilarious James Herriot stories where the poor, putupon vet has an uphill job to tease out of some lugubrious farmer or other the slightest of sexual details?
They scored the goals when they had the momentum, and it was always going to be an uphill job for us after that.
I thought it might be an uphill job for us to come back, but we did.
But shaking off its bottom of the heap label will prove an uphill job.
The Government is under increasing pressure to win at least one of them but the opinion polls say they'll have an uphill job.