tough row to hoe

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

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

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
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And for ag companies facing a tough row to hoe, comedy can contribute to greater productivity, speed up problem solving and improve morale.
Even as conditions improve for buyers overall, it remains a tough row to hoe for first-time buyers and lower-income buyers, especially compared to their more well-off contemporaries," said Zillow Chief Economist Dr.
With much of Hollywood, and especially the father, proclaiming the accused's innocence, the media has a field day, and the dynamic duo has a tough row to hoe.
I don't know how many advertisers left you, no doubt it would have been a tough row to hoe.
Even before the accident, Capp had a tough row to hoe, as biographer Michael Schumacher and former underground comics publisher Denis Kitchen reveal in their fine new biography Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary.
Samsung has a tough row to hoe against the likes of Canon and Nikon in the camera brand equity landscape," said Liz Cutting, senior imaging analyst at research firm NPD Group.
It's been a tough row to hoe, but I want him to be my president for another four years, as a citizen.
Because Obama has a tough row to hoe to equal his Democratic compatriots Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton at deficit reduction, he needs to start with big cuts in the defense budget.
It's a tough row to hoe being head dog catcher,'' said Teri Austin, president of the Amanda Foundation, the region's largest rescue group for dogs and cats, which operates a mobile spay-neuter clinic with city funds.
ANY HARDCORE BAND WORTH ITS SALT has a tough row to hoe.
So yes, being rich was a tough row to hoe, if you were inclined to charity to the extent Rockefeller was.
That was a fairly tough row to hoe before, given the human weakness for prejudice and stereotyping.
Garfinkel, who has since opened his own practice in Morristown, does manage to get out of the arbitration clause and sue for sex discrimination, he'll have a tough row to hoe, lawyers say.
Genetically modified crops will have a tough row to hoe if some organic farmers and environmentalists have their way.