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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, 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, 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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A new type of cutting hoe was introduced by Wilkinson Sword a few years ago and was named the "Swoe".
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WITH an arrow-shaped sharp blade, this lightweight hoe has a long wooden handle with no grip so is suitable for all heights.
This can also make your yard a safer place; stepping on a misplaced rake or hoe can be an unpleasant experience, to put it mildly.
So it's time to get out the hoe and knock them off.
I make the hoes from a piece of fiat iron strap by bending the strap into an "L" shape and fastening it to a handle such as a broomstick.
a premium transportation and logistics services provider, today announced the promotion of Mike Hoes to regional sales vice president for the Southeastern sales team.
Be sure to slide the handle of rakes, shovels and hoes through your hands, making sure there are no splinters, cracks or rough spots, and then check the grip.
EACH OF THE HOES and cultivators pictured here does at least one job better than its all-purpose counterparts and is well worth the cost if you have a garden chore that calls for what it does best.
which is building a sales force focused on solution and integration services, announced today that two new sales staff, Steve Imlay and Edward Hoes, have joined the company.
The insurance and managed care company is relocating from 371 Hoes Lane in Piscataway and their Southfield Center location will serve as their corporate headquarters.
Pacoima resident Maria Dominguez was pleased with the efforts of the volunteers, who attacked her small yard with rakes, hoes and brooms, sweeping away a pile of debris, including a dead turtle.
The main problem with hoes is the seemingly vast variety.
For help in winning the weeding battle, you might want to consider adding one or more of the hoes shown here to your garden-maintenance arsenal.