hard going

hard going

Difficult or challenging. Well, I forgot my umbrella, so my walk to work today will be hard going.
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ˌhard ˈgoing

difficult to understand or needing a lot of effort: I’m finding his latest novel very hard going.
See also: going, hard
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This new snow meant hard going. The sled runners would not slide over it so well, while one of the men must go in advance of the dogs and pack it down with snowshoes so that they should not wallow.
'I had a mechanical issue because I only have two gears on my bike so it was a bit hard going up the hill and I was a bit worried if I could go through the break wall without two gears,' said Steffen.
The 36-year-old said: "I had been in the squad a long time and, I'll be honest, I was finding it hard going away with England.
Cathays Cons 2nds found it hard going at Riverside where they went down 7-0.
Summary: London [UK], June 14 (ANI): Sometimes it can be hard going to the bed early.
"We talk about it because of the record I have got but we also work hard going forward and today we got our reward."
The team was led by the owner of Evolution, Jase Robinson, who said: "It was hard going, but the fact that we were doing it for a fantastic charity spurred us on.
It all becomes very hard going, with the murder case almost an afterthought.
IT WAS hard going, but two Royal Welsh bosses successfully stayed off the booze for a whole month.
The girls face a race against time to get her off the hook, but it's going to be hard going. They hope to find what they need among the documents found at Lizzie's flat, and sure enough, that, along with inside info from the police and Alice's knowledge of Richards' background, they realise the key to unlocking the case lies at Porton Down.
WHILE children who found themselves with an extra day off and plenty of snow in which to go sledging, others found the battle to get to work hard going. But, as ever, when things get tough, many proved themselves prepared to go the extra mile to ensure that they did the jobs which helped others safely on their way or battled to get to work so they too could help others.
Connacht found it equally hard going in Europe, beaten 17-0 at Biarritz last Friday, but they did overcome the French side in the home leg of that double-header and can point to wins at the Sportsground against all the other Irish provinces in 2012.
But the 21-year-old seemed unflustered throughout his 229-ball innings, although he did reveal he did find it hard going.
"I have to admit that I found it hard going at times, but was determined to run every step of the way, which I did," she said.
HARD GOING: Simon Vallily After receiving a bye and a walkover to make the round of 32, Vallily had to reach the last six in Baku to qualify for the London Olympics.