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a long row to hoe

A particularly difficult or problematic task, situation, or set of circumstances to contend with or confront. Immigration reform was one of the new president's primary campaign promises, but it will likely prove a long row to hoe, given the deep divisions in congress. I know finishing this thesis will be a long row to hoe, but I'm actually looking forward to the challenge.
See also: hoe, long, row

bros before hoes

slang A reminder, said by a male to his male friend(s), asserting that their friendship should be more important than relationships or interactions with females. Come on, man, don't ditch us for that girl you just met! Bros before hoes, bro!
See also: before, bro, hoe

a hard row to hoe

A particularly difficult or problematic task, situation, or set of circumstances to contend with or confront. Tax reform was one of the new president's primary campaign promises, but it will likely prove a hard row to hoe, given the deep divisions in congress. I know finishing this thesis will be a hard row to hoe, but I'm actually looking forward to the challenge.
See also: hard, hoe, row

tough row to hoe

A particularly difficult or problematic task, situation, or set of circumstances to contend with or confront. Immigration reform was one of the new president's primary campaign promises, but it will likely prove a tough row to hoe given the deep divisions in congress. I know finishing this thesis will be a tough row to hoe, but I'm actually looking forward to the challenge.
See also: hoe, row, tough

hoe one's own row

Rur. to mind one's own business. Tom: You're cutting up those carrots awful small. Jane: Hoe your own row! He didn't get involved in other people's fights. He just hoed his own row.
See also: hoe, own, row

tough row to hoe

 and hard row to hoe
Fig. a difficult task to carry out; a heavy set of burdens. It's a tough row to hoe, but hoe it you will. This is not an easy task. This is a hard row to hoe.
See also: hoe, row, tough

tough row to hoe

Also, hard row to hoe. A difficult course, hard work to accomplish, as in He knew he'd have a tough row to hoe by running against this popular incumbent. [First half of 1800s]
See also: hoe, row, tough

a hard row to hoe

or

a tough row to hoe

A hard row to hoe or a tough row to hoe is a situation which is very difficult to deal with. With four children under six and very little money, my mother had a hard row to hoe. In a criminal prosecution against the police, the prosecutor has a very tough row to hoe. She is the first to admit that being a woman in politics has been a hard row to hoe.
See also: hard, hoe, row

a hard (or tough) row to hoe

a difficult task.
Hoeing a row of plants is used here as a metaphor for very arduous work.
See also: hard, hoe, row

hoe

and ho
n. a prostitute; a whore. (Originally black. Streets.) Get them hoes outa here!

tough row to hoe

n. a difficult task to carry out; a heavy set of burdens. This is not an easy task. This is a tough row to hoe.
See also: hoe, row, tough

a tough row to hoe

Informal
A difficult situation to endure.
See also: hoe, row, tough
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The sabia was evaluated 40 (time of sowing to the time of the second hoeing), 90 (time of first hoeing to the time of the final evaluation), and 110 (implementation of the experiment to the time of the final evaluation) days after sowing in terms of the number of plants per [m.
On average, hybrid AG1051 demonstrated the best control of weeds when hoeing was performed 20 DAS and exhibited better weed control compared to intercropping with sabia during the 40-DAS period (Table 3).
For hybrid AG1051, two hoeings and the combination of one hoeing (20 or 40 days after sowing) and intercropping with sabia resulted in the least growth of weeds in terms of the fresh and dry matters of the shoots (Table 4).
First, as observed with hybrid BR205, sabia controls weeds in relation to a lack of hoeing, although this effect is not as efficient as two hoeings because hoeing eliminates most of the weeds.
With respect to these two characteristics, two hoeings produced the best result, and the absence of hoeing and intercropping with sabia provided the worst results (Table 5).
For hybrid AG1051, the greatest number of grains per ear was obtained with two hoeings, whereas for the other hybrid, hoeing 20 days after sowing the maize and intercropping with sabia after hoeing produced the best results (Table 6).
Intercropping the maize with sabia when sowing the maize resulted in beneficial effects on the maize, as was reflected in the 100-grain weight (Table 5) and the number of grains per ear (Table 6), and the averages obtained with intercropping were higher than those obtained with lack of hoeing.
The combination of hoeing and intercropping with sabia provided more benefits to maize compared to simply intercropping with sabia.
45 t ha-1) was recorded in hand pulling similar to hoeing (4.
Hoeing by kasula produced less weed dry weight as compared to control, spike hoe, Nominee 100 SC and tine cultivator.
Tine cultivator produced more weed dry weight than hoeing and hand pulling possibly because weeds that were within rows not controlled.
Paddy yield recorded in hand pulling and hoeing was increased 221 and 203% as compared to control.
Hoeing and weeding by hand do have their drawbacks, especially when around young plants where there is a danger of disturbing roots.
Hoeing relies upon fine, dry weather to kill the weeds, many re-establishing themselves if the use of the hoe is followed by wet weather.
But when weed killers are used, the soil is not disturbed at all, as a result plants generally grow better than after either hoeing or hand-weeding.