be no bed of roses

be no bed of roses

To be a challenging and/or unpleasant situation. Of course that project is no bed of roses—why else would they assign it to a lowly intern like me? Being around my ex-boyfriend is no bed of roses.
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For those who do stay, doing their life's work in long-term care will be no bed of roses. For the most committed--the best within all long-term care professions composing the "rainbow" of talent within the field--there will be a reward.