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.
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.
It is ongoing and it is a case of when you can get down to seeing people because of games being called off and rescheduled, and sometimes it can be a little bit slow going.
So while it might look as though we are racing on constantly slow going it's actually a reflection of the trap change.
Nawroz Mangal and Asghar Stanikzai put on 74 for the third wicket but it had been slow going with just five boundaries in 18 overs.
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
But it's slow going, but we are making progress," the report quoted him, as saying.
I'm on the oars from 5am until 7am and that can be pretty slow going at times.
Rescue crews and supplies of tents, quilts and clothing have been sent to the quake zone, but heavy fog shrouded mountain roads, making for slow going, Xinhua said.
It's slow going recruiting people at the moment - we're only hiring the very best people so, while receiving piles of CVs daily, we're making absolutely sure that the people we take on are of the right calibre.
His rehab is going well enough, though, to suggest he will be able to see out the end of the season with Warwickshire and he has vowed to put in all the work necessary to be in prime condition to face Australia in November "It's been slow going in terms of what I can do in the last couple of weeks but in the next 10 days or so I can start doing a bit more and move on to the next stage of my rehab," the 28-year-old said.
Deeply drawn characters inhabit these pages, with the prose sometimes rambling on so the reader wonders why it is slow going.