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heavy going

Difficult, especially due to being tedious, boring, or unpleasant. Reading medieval literature is heavy going—I have to stop every few minutes to define a term I've never heard of.
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heavy going

difficult to do, understand, or make progress with. Jim finds math heavy going. Talking to Mary is heavy going. She has nothing interesting to say.
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heavy going

Also, heavy weather.
1. Difficult, as in Tom found calculus heavy going, or It's going to be heavy weather for us from here on. The first expression originally referred to a road or path that was hard to negotiate; the variant alludes to bad weather at sea. [Mid-1800s]
2. make heavy weather of. Make hard work or a fuss over something, especially unnecessarily. For example, They made heavy weather of the differences between their proposals, which actually seemed much alike . This use of weather likens a commotion to a storm. [Mid-1900s]
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ˌheavy ˈgoing

boring, tiring, difficult, etc: I do find her novels very heavy going.The last part of the journey was rather heavy going because of the muddy paths.
The going is the condition of the ground, especially in horse racing.
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?Buckhorn Timothy will relish a slog in the mud at stiff Exeter 4.40 This brother to mudlark Buckhorn Tom shares his sibling's love of testing ground and followed his easy win over 2m11/2f at Fontwell in November with a close second in a 2m71/2f handicap chase on heavy going at Chepstow in December.
NEVER was a syndicate better named than 'The Heavy Going Partnership' for whom Bernard Seven ploughed through the mire at Perth yesterday to land the Daily Record First For Scottish Racing Handicap Hurdle.
Batswing developed into a useful performer on the Flat last year and rounded off his campaign with a fine victory on heavy going in the November Handicap at Doncaster.
He is better than he was able to show that day and looks worth another chance now returned to a soft surface as his best piece of form came on heavy going at Ffos Las.
Junior has the distinction of winning at both Royal Ascot and the Cheltenham Festival - as I once did in 1982 - and connections were happy to supplement him for Kempton, at a cost of PS10k, once the forecast was for heavy going.
"Both my horses are in great form and, while Alexander Banquet is the better suited by the ground, heavy going doesn't seem to bother Florida Pearl," says Willie Mullins.
Spurs made heavy going of it against Third Division Torquay at White Hart Lane last night, taking an hour to break the deadlock before easing into the third round with a 2-0 win.
FINDING it heavy going to get your stake money for the Cheltenham Festival next month?
Conditions at Keresley Grange Primary School would have earned a 'heavy going' tag from the racing fraternity, but the competitors made light of the mud to throw up some splendid action.
He should be a different proposition now returned to a testing surface and 3m on heavy going at this stiff track should be ideal for such a strong stayer.
Trainer Francois Rohaut has no worries about the heavy going for his Champion Hurdle hopeful Gun'n Roses in the Agfa Hurdle.
Despite a winter that has left Britain looking like a paddy field thelikelihood of heavy going at Cheltenham is 40-1, according to Eurobet.
Sakhee had earlier won over course and distance in the Thresher Classic Trial on heavy going before landing the Dante Stakes at York.
Archie Meade 4.25 Listowel SP forecast 8-13 Clear on ratings and the only runner in the field to have won on heavy going and over this 2m6f trip.
Clearly not hindered by the heavy going, Miss Riviera Golf gamely held Serene View by half a length in the 16- runner contest.