be no bed of roses

be no bed of roses

To be an especially challenging or unpleasant situation. Of course that project is no bed of roses—why else would they assign it to a lowly intern like me? I'm glad we broke up, but having to be around my ex-boyfriend in the office 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.