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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At times it feels as if everything you tackle is an uphill job fraught with frustrations.
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?
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 shaking off its bottom of the heap label will prove an uphill job.
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.