when the going gets rough

when the going gets rough/tough

when a situation becomes difficult or unpleasant I run the farm on my own, but a local boy helps me out when the going gets tough.
See also: get, going, rough
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The Suzuki has an unsophisticated part-time system with a two-speed transfer case that lets you engage extra-low gearing when the going gets rough.
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