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labor of Hercules

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 labor of Hercules. Sometimes it feels like finding a good burger that isn't the price of a sirloin steak is a labor of Hercules. It will be a labor of Hercules for them to dethrone the former champions in this year's Super Bowl, but they certainly have a shot.
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a labour of Hercules

a task requiring enormous strength or effort.
In Greek mythology, Hercules was a man of superhuman strength and courage who performed twelve immense tasks or labours imposed on him as a penance for killing his children in a fit of madness. After his death he was ranked among the gods.
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labor of Hercules

A very difficult task. When the Greek hero Hercules was driven mad because of the goddess Hera's jealousy, he murdered his children. As atonement for his crime, he was obliged to perform twelve demanding tasks, such as slaying or capturing dangerous beasts, obtaining various prized and well-guarded possessions, and cleaning a very dirty stable in just one day. Hercules succeeded and was granted immortality and the hand of the now-mollified Hera's daughter. If your boss gives you an impossible assignment, especially that must be completed in a short time, you could show off your classical education by referring to it as a labor of Hercules.
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Descendant of a minor branch of the Medici family, by his patronage Cosimo made a determined effort to lay claim to Hercules by associating himself with the half-god on coins and medals and in sculpture and paintings.
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Children visiting Club Disney can also click through the Hercules story on one of the computers in the Mouse Pad, make a hero medal in an arts workshop or act out scenes from the movie in the club's theater.
Indeed, veteran Disney animator Andreas Deja, who supervised the rendering of Hercules himself, said he was taken aback when confronted with Scarfe's designs.
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After more than 2,000 years as a hero, Hercules has finally achieved the top honor our culture can bestow.