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heavy going

difficult to do, understand, or make progress with. Jim finds math heavy going. Talking to Mary is heavy going. She has nothing interesting to say.
See also: going, heavy

heavy going

Also, heavy weather.
1. Difficult, as in Tom found calculus heavy going, or It's going to be heavy weather for us from here on. The first expression originally referred to a road or path that was hard to negotiate; the variant alludes to bad weather at sea. [Mid-1800s]
2. make heavy weather of. Make hard work or a fuss over something, especially unnecessarily. For example, They made heavy weather of the differences between their proposals, which actually seemed much alike . This use of weather likens a commotion to a storm. [Mid-1900s]
See also: going, heavy
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Finally, I wanted to look at horses that have proven form on the heavy going.
Batswing developed into a useful performer on the Flat last year and rounded off his campaign with a fine victory on heavy going in the November Handicap at Doncaster.
This was the winner's fourth victory on heavy going and he has yet to win on quicker, so he is clearly a force when the mud is flying.
He has been winning by wide margins on heavy going and he may prove too strong for the talented Youlneverwalkalone.
CHAMPIONS Bradford followed up their impressive opening win at Wigan with a 38-12 demolition of Warrington in heavy going at Valley Parade.
But unless you are a fan of Pekar's, it is heavy going from the outset and I suspect many will be left asking, who?
But they made heavy going of snuffing out the challenge of the Italian underdogs at Firhill.
05 Kempton SP forecast 6-5 Point winner who developed into a smart novice hurdler a couple of seasons ago when his best effort was an easy victory at this course on heavy going.
He is better than he was able to show that day and looks worth another chance now returned to a soft surface as his best piece of form came on heavy going at Ffos Las.
The downpour came just as they were about to decide whether the usual course was safe, so instead runners had to complete four laps of the racecourse, which proved very heavy going.
We get some quite good discussions up and running, but it's not too heavy going.
05) will not be troubled by the testing underfoot conditions and ran a cracking race in heavy going at Tipperary three weeks ago.
It can be heavy going and is one of those jobs you always put off, but make a start now and you'll be pleased come summer when the grass is growing.
But parents who were recently spoiled by cross-over cartoon treats like Shrek and Ice Age will find the cloying tale heavy going.
But I found it too heavy going, battering the punchbag.