slow going

slow going

the rate of speed when one is making slow progress. It was slow going at first, but I was able to finish the project by the weekend. Getting the heavy rocks out of the field is slow going.
See also: going, slow
References in classic literature ?
We rowed with all our strength, but it was slow going with so many boats in tow.
The reaper stops in his work, and stands with folded arms, looking at the vehicle as it whirls past; and the rough cart- horses bestow a sleepy glance upon the smart coach team, which says as plainly as a horse's glance can, 'It's all very fine to look at, but slow going, over a heavy field, is better than warm work like that, upon a dusty road, after all.
A beautifully sunny day greeted them as they took to the pitch and for the first half it was slow going for the Rams.
Slow going The weather hit traffic coming in and going out of the city 160118SNOW_02
A spokesman for Rhyl RNLI said: "They had chosen not to take the advice of the lifeboat crew on previous calls, and had launched their boat into a moderate sea with an offshore breeze, and were finding it very slow going, trying to return to shore.
Outsiders" is slow going in its opening chapters, but the best hope for the 13-episode run is that the series does generally improve as it progresses.
There are already indications that the pace of funding could slow going forward.
I've seen the goal a couple of times and I caught it really well, although I have to say their goalie was a bit slow going down for it.
One man turned to his neighbour and said, rather disparagingly (in 'standard English'): "It's rather slow going, isn't it?
Difficult conditions, including a lot of large, down wood and snags from a previous fire in the area, were making for slow going for fire crews, officials said.
So while it might look as though we are racing on constantly slow going it's actually a reflection of the trap change.
He told Radio Tees: "It was very, very slow going but we are at 13,000ft don't forget.
SLOW GOING The Silverlink junction where the A19 meets the A1058 in North Tyneside
With earnings reports from UPS and its biggest competitor FedEx often used as a barometer of economic output, it looks like the recovery is slow going, with more evidence that the brakes may be applied even harder going forward.
I'm on the oars from 5am until 7am and that can be pretty slow going at times.