tough sledding

tough sledding

A difficult, turbulent, or troublesome period of time. This administration has gone through some tough sledding over the last year, but the president is determined to regain the trust and support of the American people. Even some of the wealthier areas of the country must brace for tough sledding as fresh austerity measure come into effect on the heels of the bailout. The book can be notoriously tough sledding, but if you're able to stick with it, it is in fact a most rewarding experience.
See also: sledding, tough

tough sledding

Difficult work or progress, as in This bill faces tough sledding in the legislature. This idiom transfers the route on which a sled can travel to other kinds of progress toward a goal. It was first recorded as hard sledding in 1839. For the antonym, see easy sledding.
See also: sledding, tough
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The bill still faces tough sledding in the legislature.
That's tough sledding, particularly in the Big Ten.
So when that occurs, it's tough sledding for the quarterback or the running back or just the rhythm and cohesion.
Just knowing that people are gone can sound like tough sledding.
This approach can make for tough sledding at first.
But ye of little faith will find it tough sledding.
Many of these tax increases face tough sledding in Republican-controlled legislatures like Nevada's.
During a period of tough sledding for most conventional supermarket operators, Dillon, who served as Kroger's chief executive officer for a decade starting in 2003 and assumed the additional role of chairman beginning a year later, kept the company on course to expand its reach and deliver consistently strong financial results.
As this short description indicates, the preface is tough sledding, but rewarding, and will require some careful reading along with a willingness to come to terms with difficult philosophical concepts.
So just when we need the purchase markets to start picking up the slack--it sounds like it will be tough sledding for some time to come.
Some of the more experimental prose poems may be tough sledding for the casual, nonacademic reader, but even they contain interesting views of UP life and culture.
The manufacturer advised there would be "three days of hell and three weeks of tough sledding.
If political leaders pay particular attention to the opinions of swing voters, the teachers union may experience some tough sledding in the political arena in the years ahead.
Once the sun's up the livebait guys can sometimes entice the fish out with shiners, but it's often tough sledding for anglers who prefer to sling plastic.