an uphill job

an uphill job

A task that is very daunting from the outset and continues to be challenging. The incumbent is so popular that defeating her will be an uphill job. I'm terrible at math, so I have a real uphill job ahead of me if I want to improve my grade in Algebra.
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AW D L F A Pts 21 35 15 32 "You don't want to be getting any further behind because it becomes an uphill job to reel it in.
Remember all those hilarious James Herriot stories where the poor, putupon vet has an uphill job to tease out of some lugubrious farmer or other the slightest of sexual details?
A middle-aged Lear is more apt to strike us as "landlord of England" than "every inch a king." To redeem him is an uphill job.
'They scored the goals when they had the momentum, and it was always going to be an uphill job for us after that.
I thought it might be an uphill job for us to come back, but we did."
But that's an uphill job. This would be a great time for a new generation of "labor priests" to arise in the U.S.
At times it feels as if everything you tackle is an uphill job fraught with frustrations.
Yes it remains an uphill job. We all know how picky children can be and how difficult it sometimes is to persuade them that what is good for them can also be good to eat.
The England bench couldn't - and didn't - have any complaints as Scholes' challenge, again on Schwarz, was certainly bookable and turned an uphill job against the tough Swedes into a near impossible task.