make heavy going of (something)

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make heavy going of (something)

To make something harder or more laborious to do, especially more than is usual or necessary. The bill was passed two years ago, but the government has made heavy going of implementing the law at a local level. The Irish rugby squad made heavy going of what should have been a relatively easy win.
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It was a clinical, emphatic finish and so dearly needed by Blues as they made heavy going of seeing off their League Two visitors.
Newcastle made heavy going of a match many thought they would win and were restricted by a well-organised West Ham side.
Wales are through to the World Cup in Sweden this summer, but they made heavy going of their return game with Israel at Ninian Park, Cardiff.
But they made heavy going of snuffing out the challenge of the Italian underdogs at Firhill.
Thanks to that strike Bolton's UEFA Cup dream is still a reality, but for most of this grim game they made heavy going of it - although Neil Warnock's battlers have to take credit for the way they stuck at it.
Martin Pipe counters with his interesting young Nous Voila, who reappears three weeks after he made heavy going look like firm in a Grade 2 event at Haydock.
Despite earning the victory, Sunderland made heavy going of it against John Ward's Cheltenham, who defended in depth and tried to frustrate the home side.
Czech football had a decent reputation and the Blues were inexperienced in Euro combat and had made heavy going in beating Irish minnows UCD in the first round.
Nuneaton Knights made heavy going as they defeated Warwick University 70-64, with the students giving the perennial runners-up a real scare by leading into the final quarter, before veteran Clive Bent made the game safe with some fine shooting.
Spurs made heavy going of it against Third Division Torquay at White Hart Lane last night, taking an hour to break the deadlock before easing into the third round with a 2-0 win.
Young Dutch conductor Lawrence Renes made heavy going of the first movement's opening gestures and after a sultry andante more responsive to such shaping, the Minuet overstayed its welcome with the conductor's insistence upon observing every repeat.
The swell made heavy going of the rescue attempt, but the lifeboat managed to anchor itself near the barge.
They made heavy going of somewhat after the break as Bristol rallied, but they also gave off an air of self-assurance and used their nous at the same time.
England's win index has fallen by around one point after they made heavy going of a rain-shortened first day.
Bullets returned to winning ways with back-to-back weekend success in the Budweiser League but they made heavy going of it on both occasions.