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a long row to hoe

A particularly difficult or problematic task, situation, or set of circumstances to contend with or confront. Immigration reform was one of the new president's primary campaign promises, but it will likely prove a long row to hoe, given the deep divisions in congress. I know finishing this thesis will be a long row to hoe, but I'm actually looking forward to the challenge.
See also: hoe, long, row

bros before hoes

slang A reminder, said by a male to his male friend(s), asserting that their friendship should be more important than relationships or interactions with females. Come on, man, don't ditch us for that girl you just met! Bros before hoes, bro!
See also: before, bro, hoe

hoe one's own row

Rur. to mind one's own business. Tom: You're cutting up those carrots awful small. Jane: Hoe your own row! He didn't get involved in other people's fights. He just hoed his own row.
See also: hoe, own, row

tough row to hoe

 and hard row to hoe
Fig. a difficult task to carry out; a heavy set of burdens. It's a tough row to hoe, but hoe it you will. This is not an easy task. This is a hard row to hoe.
See also: hoe, row, tough

a tough row to hoe

a difficult situation to deal with The author said that he knew it would be a tough row to hoe when he began research for this book.
See also: hoe, row, tough

a hard/tough row to hoe

  (American)
a difficult situation to deal with Teachers have a tough row to hoe in today's schools.
See kick up a fuss
See also: hard, hoe, row

tough row to hoe

Also, hard row to hoe. A difficult course, hard work to accomplish, as in He knew he'd have a tough row to hoe by running against this popular incumbent. [First half of 1800s]
See also: hoe, row, tough

hoe

and ho
n. a prostitute; a whore. (Originally black. Streets.) Get them hoes outa here!

tough row to hoe

n. a difficult task to carry out; a heavy set of burdens. This is not an easy task. This is a tough row to hoe.
See also: hoe, row, tough

a tough row to hoe

Informal
A difficult situation to endure.
See also: hoe, row, tough
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I've tried hoeing and digging this beast, but the stems go really deep and in all directions.
Hoeing, raking and shoveling should also be done with a straight back.
The city council's floral enhancement manager, Gary McManus, would like you to help staff from Birmingham's brilliant parks with light horticultural tasks like hoeing and weeding so that Birmingham can succeed again in this year's national Britain In Bloom 2007 competition.
Weeds can either be controlled by hoeing and hand-weeding, or by applying chemical weed killers.
In a small garden, hoeing in conjunction with the application of a three-inch mulch, usually of composted bark, will keep things under control while in a large garden the sensible use of weed killers on paths, around fruit trees and in other troublesome areas substantially reduces the time spent on maintenance.
Hoeing and weeding by hand do have their drawbacks, especially when around young plants where there is a danger of disturbing roots.
It's understanding how to put together your whole low-input system that matters: rotation, cover cropping, rotary hoeing, cultivation and timing.
After transplanting melons, I have the option of rotary hoeing once or cultivating.
For many of the youths digging, hoeing, hacking and chopping, it is their first experience with standard tools.
Since these types require no back-wrenching chopping motion, hoeing is less onerous.