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a big ask

An inconvenient request. I know it's a big ask, but could I borrow your car for a week?
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a big ask

If you describe something that someone has asked you to do as a big ask, you mean that it will be difficult to do. It's a pretty big ask to run faster in the second half of the race. Two hours without a comfort break was a big ask for many.
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a big ask

a difficult demand to fulfil. informal
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In fact, some people are big asks but honest, I'm not referring to that Mercy Green fella who was on the STV panel with Peter Grant.
On Sky Sports, anchorman Richard Keys hit us with a big ask and so did Celtic captain Stephen McManus when being interviewed by some jobsworth before kick-off.
Actually, after Keys had said: "It's a big ask for Celtic" McManus took it to the limit with: "We know it's gonnae be a big, big ask.
Anyhow, I had barely begun tap-tap-tapping away on the old laptop when Xavi netted for Barca and I thought to myself: "Now it's going to be a big, big, big ask for Celtic.
But Keegan, whose Toon side were beaten 6-0 by today's visitors last month, said: "A couple of weeks ago, Manchester City showed if you do everything right, if you press at the right time, if you get a little bit in their faces at the right time and then have the courage to play - and they are three big asks - then you can cause them problems as well.
We all know that winning away from home is not simply an ask - it is a big ask.
We all know winning away from home is not simply an ask - it is a big ask.
The other fella sips his pint, shuffles his feet and replies: ``It's a big ask.
Prior to kick-off at the Stade Gerland he was asked how difficult it was going to be for Celtic and he said: ``It's a big ask.