Herculean effort

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.
See also: effort
References in classic literature ?
He gazed upon it long and fixedly, estimated the prodigious labor that had been bestowed upon it, and, not being able to find any recompense sufficiently great for this Herculean effort, he passed his arm round the painter's neck and embraced him.
Tarzan made a single Herculean effort to throw himself forward, but it was too late.
Bar Comas was stone dead, and only the most herculean efforts on the part of Dak Kova's females saved him from the fate he deserved.
For two days they labored to tear a way through to their imprisoned friends; but when, after Herculean efforts, they had unearthed but a few yards of the choked passage, and discovered the mangled remains of one of their fellows they were forced to the conclusion that Tarzan and the second Waziri also lay dead beneath the rock mass farther in, beyond human aid, and no longer susceptible of it.
Philander, never what one might call robust, was worn to the shadow of a shadow through the ceaseless worry and mental distraction resultant from his Herculean efforts to safeguard the professor.
By dint of Herculean efforts they had managed to get it to the water's edge.
The cool ocean refreshed him almost as much as would a draft of water, so that it was with renewed vigor that he brought the smaller boat alongside the derelict, and, after many herculean efforts, succeeded in dragging it onto the slimy ship's bottom.
Three more herculean efforts he made before he beat the last of the creatures through the outer doorway of the workshop into the north campong.
Passing this law was a Herculean effort, thanks to a huge number of individuals, charities and campaigners, including the Mirror, who have played a fantastic role.
The Hotshots overcame June Mar Fajardo's herculean effort of 35 points and 21 rebounds.
When the doves are caught in a hunter's net, the dove queen entreats them to make a herculean effort to raise the net in flight.
In his fast-paced and highly entertaining book Cuba Libre!, Tony Perrottet spotlights the bright hopes that propelled the revolution and the herculean effort that enabled a ragtag band to defeat a dictator's army of 40,000 in just over two years.
Sri Lanka came into the fifth day still trailing New Zealand's first innings score by 37 runs despite the herculean effort by Mendis and Mathews, who had batted all of the fourth day on a fantastic batting wicket.
But they got themselves buried in a 14-point rut after being unable to back Jerramy King in his herculean effort in the final frame.
Coleman turned in a Herculean effort on his comeback against the Foxes, but the Irishman has made just a further two appearances in the Premier League since.