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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.
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While startup communities around the world are making real progress toward becoming more welcoming and open to entrepreneurs of every stripe and background, there is still a long row to hoe before the battle is won.
Garnering publicity and earning media coverage is a long row to hoe for every organization.
Though the use of SEPA will doubtless grow as the kinks get worked out, Bornecque has a long row to hoe.
I think the cultural embeddedness of the anti-capitalistic mentality on the left is so deep that it's a long row to hoe.
Waterford and Wedgwood, numbers six and 10, respectively, have a long row to hoe.
The pic will have a long row to hoe in foreign box office, DVDs, and sales to TV before Bing sees a return on his investment.
It's going to be a long row to hoe, but to put it simply, this is a legal and political healing process that has to happen between all the three parties.
It's our credibility among our readers, viewers and listeners, and we've got a very long row to hoe on that score.
The talented, experienced ethnic theater artist has a long row to hoe with white and ethnic arts institutions.
Buscemi - who knows everyone on the independent scene and has actually played the role of an independent filmmaker in front of the cameras in the critically hailed independent films ``In the Soup'' and ``Living in Oblivion'' - still had a long row to hoe before he could play the role in real life.
Teaching semantics may seem like a long row to hoe or five miles of mud road but with experience it don't take long to curry a pony and have as much fun as a barrel of monkeys.
Maybe a new administration will help generate that spirit, but it will clearly have a long row to hoe.
But the current perch for AMD's SOIR is far from a bearish extreme, and has a long row to hoe before it gets there, leaving the security vulnerable in the meantime.
Sharon" and "Ellen" are, in industry parlance, "firm goes" for the fall, "Starting Over" gained momentum, "Fergie" and "eBay" still have a long row to hoe.