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be no picnic

To not be an easy person or thing to deal with; to be particularly unenjoyable or difficult. I love kids, but watching 20 of them at once is no picnic, believe me! Cleaning all that crusted gunk out of the motor was no picnic. My father is not a bad person, but he's certainly no picnic, that's for sure. He was just reared to be tough, so that's all he knows how to be.
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it's no picnic

It is not an easy task; it is unenjoyable or challenging. I love kids, but watching 20 of them at once? It's no picnic, believe me! It's no picnic spending a beautiful Saturday afternoon cleaning out the garage.
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be no picnic

INFORMAL
If an experience, job, or activity is no picnic, it is difficult or unpleasant. `Poor little things,' she said of the children. `It's no picnic for them being taken away from their homes.' Being unemployed is no picnic.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

be no picnic

be difficult or unpleasant. informal
2001 Rant While Cheung looks elegant…in the 25 different versions of the cheongsam dress she wears in the film, moving in the garments was no picnic.
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be no ˈpicnic

(informal) be difficult or unpleasant: Living with someone like her is no picnic, believe me.
See also: no, picnic
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