labor of Hercules

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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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This labyrinth is the 13th labour of Hercules, and you would be a fool to explore without local help - ask your hotel to find you a guide.
The slaying of the Lernaean Hydra was the second labour of Hercules and he had a tough time doing it.
"The likelihood that this Syriza-ANEL government survives the review in its current form is very limited," argues Yiannis Palaiologos, author of the "13th Labour of Hercules, Inside the Greek Crisis." Aside from the huge challenges of the bailout review, Palaiologos points to the government's lackluster record in actually operating the machinery of the state.
TWELFTH LABOUR OF HERCULES Revisit The Ladder of Hades, The Rocks of Deucalion and Ixion's Wheel to see who will be crowned Hercules.
He won four on the bounce before going to Ascot for the Reynoldstown Chase as favourite over Keen Leader only to unseat Jacques Ricou, something that may not be the most difficult thing in the world to do and not exactly a labour of Hercules.
LABOUR OF HERCULES: A youngster grapples with massive mastiff Hercules, the world\'s largest dog, who weighs in at 20stone and lives in a 15ft kennel Picture: REX FEATURES