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a bumpy ride

A tough time. If you think going to graduate school while working a full-time job is easy, you're in for a bumpy ride!
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a rough ride

A tough time. If you think going to graduate school while working a full-time job is easy, you're in for a rough ride!
See also: ride, rough

give (one) a bumpy ride

To cause one trouble with some activity or pursuit. Graduate school really gave her a bumpy ride, and she was also working a full-time job.
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have a bumpy ride

To have trouble with some activity or pursuit. If you think going to graduate school while working a full-time job is easy, you're going to have a bumpy ride!
See also: bumpy, have, ride

a rough ride


a bumpy ride

COMMON If someone has a rough ride or a bumpy ride, they experience a lot of problems or opposition when they are trying to do something. The Prime Minister is likely to face a rough ride in parliament today from the opposition. The proposed changes are not popular with all of the board and the chief executive's bumpy ride is far from over. Note: You can say that someone has an easy ride, meaning that they do not experience many problems or much opposition. You don't come into politics expecting an easy ride.
See also: ride, rough

a rough (or easy) ride

a difficult (or easy) time doing something.
See also: ride, rough

give somebody/have a bumpy ˈride

make a situation difficult for somebody; have a difficult time: The business has had a bumpy ride over the last twelve months, but profits are growing again now.
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They also highlight the external pressures facing banks, and economies more broadly, which are making the road to recovery longer and bumpier than hoped for," he added.
Sibling rivalry may not usually be an issue for you, but if you do have brothers and sisters, the chances are things can be a little bumpier today.
The gradual recovery in oil prices is likely to prove slower and bumpier than our earlier estimates," said Costanza Jacazio, an analyst at Barclays.
When you're in a room filled with mock antiques, or have the joys of a chintzy bedspread atop a bed bumpier than Sugar Loaf mountain, it's hard to believe we could possibly spawn such style icons as Mick Jagger, Kate Moss, Paul Smith.
The few times that we've skipped church just because we're busy, we seem to have a bumpier week," says John, father of four.
Getting to the point of takeoff is a little bumpier this time around.
Its low-speed ride over bumpier roads is exceptional and very quiet.
At a time when some believe the best of times are in the rearview mirror, the paths that lie ahead for this year's fellows and for the foundation--while sure to be bumpier than usual--are embedded in promise.
The Cairo 'Red Devils' are also finding the road to a fifth consecutive national title far bumpier than expected with Ismaili level on points entering the May 20 final round.
Call it a heat rash, an allergic reaction to her foundation or some sort of lactose intolerance to the vanilla hand-scooped ice cream malts, but this woman had a face bumpier than the Braille version of A Brief History Of Time.
Still, helming by the multi-hyphenate (who previously directed the bumpier 2006 comedy "Dream House") is smooth, and production values, under seasoned Pathe producers Claude Berri and Jerome Seydoux, are classy at all levels, creating a de facto universe of its own within the real-life town of Bergues.
The rare quarterly profit decline at Walgreens has caused worries that results will get bumpier for other drug chains as fewer blockbuster medications become available in their more profitable generic forms over the next several quarters.
But the rear-suspension bikes can be hard to pedal because these suspensions have two riding modes--one for flatter terrain, one for bumpier, he said.
The long, bumpy road of Costa Rica's four-year contract dispute with a private consortium over the management of the country's main airport has been getting longer and bumpier, and just made a U-turn, reports The Tico Times (June 22-28, 2007):