cross to bear

cross to bear

A difficult responsibility or burden that someone must handle on their own. When Nancy's husband passed away, she was left with quite a cross to bear having to raise four children on her own.
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cross to bear

A burden or trial one must put up with, as in Alzheimer's is a cross to bear for the whole family, or in a lighter vein, Mowing that huge lawn once a week is Brad's cross to bear: This phrase alludes to the cross carried by Jesus to his crucifixion. Today it may be used either seriously or lightly. [Second half of 1500s]
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a cross to bear

If you have a cross to bear, you have a responsibility or a difficult situation which you must tolerate. Success has brought astonishing levels of media attention and that is a cross the young player has to bear. It's not an ideal situation but we all have our crosses to bear. Note: The reference here is to Jesus being made to carry the cross on which He was to die to the place of execution.
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We all have a cross to bear, that's why when Filipinos see the Black Nazarene, they see themselves get back on their feet again bearing that cross and embrace that cross.
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WHO do you think said the following about Britain: "A misplaced sense of superiority, sustained by delusions of grandeur and a tenacious obsession with the last war" and "Britain has a cross to bear, more insidious than Germany's Nazism"?
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Great comedians, whatever gifts they were given, were given with one hand and they were given a cross to bear with the other.
The problem many light-skinned Blacks have of being mistaken for other races (especially those of us who could pass for White if we wanted) is a particularly unique conundrum and cross to bear in American society.
American trade union leaders have made the issue their cross to bear, portraying it as the ultimate betrayal of the promises made for the overseas flight of manufacturing jobs.
The Confederation of British Industry claims businesses will have paid an additional pounds 54bn in taxes by the end of this Parliament, a heavy cross to bear for the country's 3.
The further disclosure requirements post-Sandler will be an extra cross to bear.