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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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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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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 ˈgoingboring, 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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