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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Women still face an uphill task in the workplace as the pay divide is still prevalent.
Summary: Lebanese champions Riyadi will face an uphill task to reach the finals of the 27th edition of the Arab Club Championship when they meet hosts and Moroccan side AS Sale in the semifinals, which will take place Thursday (9 p.
Bruce made wholesale changes for the opening encounter against the Belgian team last week but an uncharacteristic error from goalkeeper Allan McGregor led to the Tigers facing an uphill task tonight.
Neil's men face an uphill task to win the title now following last week's defeat at Dumbarton.
Liverpool had an uphill task from the start as they went up against one of the strongest teams in the league.
Talking to National Party workers here Thursday, he described restoring peace in the province as an uphill task and said sincere efforts by his government would result in gradual improvement in the law and order situation across the province.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team has 123 rating points and Australia, who have 115, can dislodge the hosts if they win the series 6- 1 -- an uphill task, given that India have a strong team and home advantage.
A financial sector analyst has said that the Indian central bank governor has an uphill task.
A stoppage-time own-goal by goalkeeper Karen Bardsley saw England slip to a 3-2 defeat in Linkoping that leaves them facing an uphill task to face the knockout stages.
Brendan Nash went to Michael Hogan for 50 and, though, Ben Harmison (23no) and Darren Stevens (35no) survived the remaining 26 overs, Kent still face an uphill task to save the game.
But Atletico were still unable to get back into the game and now face an uphill task to progress.
A tribal leader joked "today is 12-12-12, I had a hunch something good was in the air", but the fight to topple president Bashar al-Assad is definitely going to be an uphill task.
But he has an uphill task ahead of him, with opinion polls suggesting Merkel's conservatives enjoy a significant lead over his Social Democrats (SPD), which has found it difficult to dent her popularity.
Neath meanwhile know they face an uphill task in Norway against Aalesund after going down 4-1 at the Gnoll.
We always knew it was an uphill task, with zero budget.