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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]
See also: going, heavy

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.
See also: going, heavy
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Trained locally by Eric Alston near Preston, he was at his very best on the heavy going three weekends ago.
All those who do have Aintree on the agenda gave the leaders too much rope and never got to grips with the heavy going.
But the pint-sized Geordie, 31, was doing his good deed for the day, even if it looked a bit heavy going.
It can be heavy going and is one of those jobs you always put off, but make a start now and you'll be pleased come summer when the grass is growing.
In general he does a masterful job of presenting complex critical and historical material accessibly, although I found some passages to be heavy going.
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.
05) will not be troubled by the testing underfoot conditions and ran a cracking race in heavy going at Tipperary three weeks ago.
But parents who were recently spoiled by cross-over cartoon treats like Shrek and Ice Age will find the cloying tale heavy going.
But I found it too heavy going, battering the punchbag.
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 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.
But unless you are a fan of Pekar's, it is heavy going from the outset and I suspect many will be left asking, who?
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.