have (one's) work cut out(redirected from had work cut out)
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have (one's) work cut out
To have much work to do to complete a particular task. I knew I had my work cut out for me when I saw how messy the play room was.
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have your work cut out for youINFORMAL
COMMON If you have your work cut out or have your work cut out for you, you have a very big and difficult problem or task to deal with. Williamson has his work cut out to turn around a team which has not won a league game since October. She'll have her work cut out for her getting a class of forty kids under control..