hard sledding

hard sledding

 and tough sledding
Fig. a very difficult time. They had some hard sledding when they were first married. It was tough sledding for sure when our crops failed that year.
See also: hard, sledding
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That would be hard sledding for all the AB shareholders who were slavering at the InBev largesse, but A-B shares would remain a solid long-term play, and probably more resilient to the coming recession than many stocks on the big board.
Ahead looms what seems like 10 months of winter followed by two more months of hard sledding.