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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Some entities, such as those in the banking, energy or financial services sectors, to name a few, certainly face an uphill struggle, but many companies in these sectors have already recognized the complexity of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for their business and have well-advanced conversion projects underway.
With budget cuts and competing priorities, securing school databases can be an uphill struggle, say IT directors around the nation.
It has underdog cred for its own uphill struggle to get made.
After an uphill struggle, IKEA is about to realize its dream of building its first store in New York City next to the loading docks of Red Hook, Brooklyn.
As an alumni and employee at Gallaudet University, we recently had an unpleasant experience with a presidential search that has resulted in the university now facing an uphill struggle on various levels.
With their remaining four games all away from home, Ryan Watson's side face an uphill struggle.
He said: "It is an uphill struggle, there is a huge amount to be done.
Openers Salman Butt and Nasir Jamshed got a good start but after Butt had been run-out and Jamshed retired hurt with the score on 121, they looked like being left with an uphill struggle.
I've met lots of nice people and enjoyed my time, but have found it a constant battle and uphill struggle in more recent times.
The Prime Minister, who polls suggest faces an uphill struggle to cling on to power, will promise to publish a blueprint to "really get Britain moving again".
But like many churches, St Paul's has suffered dwindling congregations in recent years, so the wardens face an uphill struggle raising the cash needed to restore the organ.
Also appearing at the press meeting, Randoald Dessarzin, the coach of Ivory Coast basketball team, said it was an uphill struggle, "although we had solved our problems in some parts of the match, we could not win it," he said.
IT'S going to be an uphill struggle for fans of Romanian side Finis after local officials voted to build them a new pitch - on the side of a mountain.
Summary: DUBAI: Yemen has made good progress in addressing fiscal imbalances but the impoverished country's dwindling oil output and unrest make for an uphill struggle, a senior International Monetary Fund (IMF) official said.