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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.
See also: ask, big
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

a big ask

a difficult demand to fulfil. informal
See also: ask, big
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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.
"It's a big ask" - that's what they say and I ask you, what's it all about?
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.
This weekend the SPL is full of big asks. Rejuvenated Aberdeen are on a winning streak and have their eyes fixed on second spot.
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.
``Any chance of you watching the weans for me and her the morra night.'' The other fella sips his pint, shuffles his feet and replies: ``It's a big ask.''
Very soon nobody will be saying: ``It's a tall order, ''or``Jesus, yeraskinga lot, mate.'' Instead, we'll all insist: ``It's a big ask.''