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a big ask

An inconvenient request. I know it's a big ask, but could I borrow your car for a week?
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a big ask

If you describe something that someone has asked you to do as a big ask, you mean that it will be difficult to do. It's a pretty big ask to run faster in the second half of the race. Two hours without a comfort break was a big ask for many.
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a big ask

a difficult demand to fulfil. informal
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She added: "It's not a big ask to keep your underwear on in a public place.
They launched '1 Big Ask for Helme' to turn any negativity surrounding their last Ofsted report into something positive.
That's a big ask too but if we keep getting results like this we can do it.
"Fifteen points from the next five games is a big, big ask. But all we can do is try.
HEALTH chiefs are facing a "big ask" to find savings running into tens of millions of pounds, the region's NHS finance boss has warned.
And Bogie believes it will be a "big ask" to go to Highbury Stadium and get a result.
There will be opportunities in midfield next season, but it's still a big ask for Josh to break through.
It would be a big ask, but we will see how he goes next week."
Nonsense like that is up there with the other WRU faithful stand-by, "a big ask".
Half a million pounds may sound like a big ask to help to complete the pounds 19 million Burn Centre at Birmingham Children's Hospital, but now donations are rolling in, hopefully the hospital will meet its October deadline.
Now Friends of the Earth Cymru and key supporters Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys are urging everyone to support the Big Ask campaign.
Having to play three qualifying rounds to get there is a big ask but no one is complaining.
"He is 22 years of age and he is a leader who is very talented, he has had a very testing season and when it comes to Cardiff he knows he will be fighting for survival and that is a big ask."