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.
See also: battle, struggle, task, uphill
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A PLANNED shake-up of the ATM network could leave people facing an uphill struggle to access cash, consumer campaigners have warned.
The SNP face an uphill struggle on June 8 to retain the 56 seats it won in 2015.
DRAMA As incidents of poisoning sweep the palace, royal enforcer Fabien Marchal (Tygh Runyan) faces an uphill struggle to police the toxic situation.
The uphill struggle will continue as shoppers dabble with online shopping, bringing hulking vans to residential streets.
City now face yet another uphill struggle to qualify for the knockout stages.
But Advocaat insists Spurs have proved to be vastly better than their results suggest - leaving his own side facing an uphill struggle to turn around their own nightmare start and move off the foot of the table.
Airtel has faced an uphill struggle in Africa, which it entered via a $10.
But they look an inferior team to Souths and the unavailability of strike centre Justin Hodges and interchange forward Josh McGuire through injury will make this a real uphill struggle.
A church spokesperson said: "This has been an uphill struggle and we are still fighting to raise as much money as we can every year to keep it open and hopefully one day soon become a functioning parish church once again.
terms of redemption, Armstrong facing uphill as as Alpine pass In terms of redemption, Lance Armstrong is facing an uphill struggle as tough as any Alpine mountain pass.
The second-half produced a rally from Seaton but the New Marske defence held strong and when the hard working Mark Graham slotted in the second for New Marske it was going to be an uphill struggle for the home team.
Dr Ian Banks, president of the Men's Health Forum said: "Men can face an uphill struggle with their health when they become fathers.
RAWALPINDI -- The auction of site of former Rex Cinema at Westridge remained fruitless after uphill struggle of three days by the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board.
The hosts have won their last five matches, including as big underdogs against Slovakia in February, but this one looked an even bigger uphill struggle, with Belgium boasting two players in the world's top 70.
I encourage readers to take this opportunity to walk shoulder to shoulder with those for whom survival is an uphill struggle.