have (one's) work cut out

have (one's) work cut out

To know that one is faced with a difficult task. I knew I had my work cut out for me when I saw how messy the play room was.
See also: cut, have, out, work

have your work cut out

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have your work cut out for you

INFORMAL
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..
See also: cut, have, out, work

have your work cut out

be faced with a hard task.
See also: cut, have, out, work

have your ˈwork cut out (to do something/doing something)

(informal) be likely to have difficulty doing something: You’ll have your work cut out to get there before nine. It’s 8.30 already.I won’t be able to come with you today. I’ve got my work cut out for me at the moment.
See also: cut, have, out, work
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