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Herculean effort

A job, task, or activity that requires a huge amount of effort, energy, or physical strength. Sometimes used ironically or hyperbolically. But getting enough votes to pass the controversial legislation may prove to be a Herculean effort. Sometimes it feels like finding a good burger that isn't the price of a sirloin steak is a Herculean effort. It will be a Herculean effort for them to dethrone the former champions in this year's Super Bowl, but they certainly have a shot.
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Mr Field said: "Despite the Herculean efforts of frontline NHS staff, Birkenhead residents are coming to me with real concerns about the care both they and their relatives are receiving.
Estrada has been praised for his Herculean drive to clear streets on Blumentritt Road, Divisoria,
Mr Jukes said: "It would take a herculean task to finish Trident work on one day and start up other equivalent civilian work the next day."
* Jacob Silverman chronicles his Herculean act of collecting all of Gary Shteyngart's book blurbs.
Summary: DUBAI -- As it is making people use public transport is a Herculean task for the authorities anywhere in the world.
SOMEONE who is well aware of Snowdon's perils is Andrew Craig from Caernarfon who has set himself the Herculean task of walking up Wales' highest mountain every week this year to raise money for charity.
The Surrey course had managed the Herculean effort of staging a race meeting for the second consecutive day, despite a further sprinkling of snow supplementing an already white landscape.
Murray's Herculean effort on Friday should be a reminder that whether he wins a Slam or not, he is simply a world-class sportsman of whom the British should be proud.
It'll be nice to see him here - in fact, given his one-time Herculean dalliance with drink and drugs, it's nice to see him anywhere.
I'm a Herculean fan of ginger: I lust after ginger candy, I love ginger tea and I'm rather partial to ginger-laced Asian fare.
Juventude's Hercules became the next target and it took a Herculean effort to bring him down.
The prosecutors said Black and his codefendants were engaging in a "herculean" effort in their "nearly insurmountable" task of persuading the court of their argument for a reversal or a new trial.
"It would be bad enough playing Durham City with a full squad, but it is going to take a Herculean effort without six players," said Craik Park chairman Mark Hedley.
"The inevitable result must be cynicism on the part of educators who know, but are afraid to say publicly, that they cannot, even with Herculean classroom efforts, truly raise the average achievement of disadvantaged children to typical middle-class levels."
So, too, sportswriters and fans around the globe spent much of the past summer wringing their hands and hearts over yet another load of professional sports' dirty laundry--expressing shock and dismay that one more crop of Herculean demigods has shown itself to have feet of clay--or mud.