an uphill battle

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an uphill battle

A task that is very daunting from the outset and continues to be challenging. The incumbent is so popular that defeating her will be an uphill battle. I'm terrible at math, so I have a real uphill battle ahead of me if I want to improve my grade in Algebra.
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uphill battle

 and uphill struggle
Fig. a hard struggle. Convincing the senator to see our point of view was an uphill battle, but we finally succeeded.
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an uphill ˈstruggle/ˈbattle/ˈtask

something that is difficult and takes a lot of effort over a long period of time: After the recent scandal, he faces an uphill struggle to win back public support before the next election.
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Summary: Liverpool and Fulham face uphill battles after losing in the first legs of their Europa League clash.
Both pieces of legislation face uphill battles in the House as Republican leaders move quickly to challenge global-warming science.
In light of these setbacks, Elizabeth Toledo, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, said: "The bad news is that, when the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people are subject to the will of a transitory, election-day majority, we still face uphill battles, sometimes against tremendous odds.
After years of uphill battles, the environmental focus of the United States is ready to hear our story and we are ready to deliver with a product line that will capture their attention.
Local agencies will have to fight uphill battles to fund existing projects,'' he said.