hard/tough sledding

hard sledding

A difficult, turbulent, or troublesome period of time. This administration has gone through some hard sledding over the last year, but the president is determined to regain the trust and support of the American people. Even some of the wealthier areas of the country must brace for hard sledding as fresh austerity measures come into effect. The book is notoriously hard sledding, but if you're able to stick with it, it is a rewarding experience.
See also: hard, sledding

tough sledding

A difficult, turbulent, or troublesome period of time. This administration has gone through some tough sledding over the last year, but the president is determined to regain the trust and support of the American people. Even some of the wealthier areas of the country must brace for tough sledding as fresh austerity measure come into effect on the heels of the bailout. The book can be notoriously tough sledding, but if you're able to stick with it, it is in fact a most rewarding experience.
See also: sledding, tough
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hard/tough sledding

A difficult route, difficult progress. Dating from the first half of the nineteenth century, this term alludes to the usual ease with which a sled travels toward some goal. The antonyms easy or smooth sledding date from the late nineteenth century.
See also: hard, sledding, tough
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