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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, to

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, to

a 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, to, tough

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

hoe (one's) own row

To not interfere in someone else's affairs; to not pry or be nosy. Hoe your own row, will you? I can take care of my problems just fine. I really wish she would hoe her own row and stop asking me about my finances. So there I was, hoeing my own row, when the security guard comes over and starts asking me all kinds of questions.
See also: hoe, own, row
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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, to, tough
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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, to, tough
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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, to
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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, to
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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, to, tough
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

a tough row to hoe

Informal
A difficult situation to endure.
See also: hoe, row, to, tough
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

tough/hard/long row to hoe, a

A difficult course to follow; hard work to accomplish. This metaphor comes from nineteenth-century America, when most people lived in rural areas and cultivated at least some land. David Crockett used it in his Tour to the North and Down East (1835): “I never opposed Andrew Jackson for the sake of popularity. I knew it was a hard row to hoe; but I stood up to the rack.”
See also: hard, long, row, to, tough
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The head is also smaller than the traditional Dutch hoe which allows for far more accuracy when hoeing near plants.
The aim of this study was to evaluate the weed management in maize using hoeing and intercropping with Mimosa caesalpiniifolia.
The remaining N was applied as topdressing in two equal parts at 25 and 45 days after sowing and hoeing were conducted.
ha-1 alone at 15 DAS or followed by hand-hoeing at 30 DAS, foliar spray of sorghum and sunflower water extract at 15L ha-1 at 20 and 40 DAS, sorghum mulch at 6 t ha-1, and hand hoeing at 15, 30 and 45 DAS, (Table 1).
Penoxsulam applied alone reduced weed biomass compared with foliar spray of sorghum and sunflower extract and sorghum mulch; however, when penoxsulam was followed by hand- hoeing, a combination resulted in the lowest weed biomass (28 and 17 g m-2 during 2008 and 2009, respectively) that was comparable with hand hoeing at15, 30 and 45 DAS (Table 2).
Experiment was laid out in RCBD having five weed control approaches: hand weeding, hoeing (with kasula), inter-row cultivation with tine cultivator, inter-row cultivation with spike hoe and chemical control with Nominee 100 SC along with control (no weeding).After the harvesting of wheat, land was ploughed twice followed by planking with tractor drawn implements to achieve the required soil tilth for direct seeded rice.
The weeds that were not removed by hoeing should be removed by hands, he said, adding that weeds served as habitat for enemy pests and could cause 30-40 per cent production loss by sharing resources meant for cotton plants.
"We like to use a scuffle hoe to go up and down the rows right after germination and then again one to two weeks later, depending on the crop's growth." Rassweiler says that hand-weeding is usually needed after the second hoeing, but it's quick--hoeing between the rows has already cleaned out most of the weeds.
"I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and t felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn."
Weeds can either be controlled by hoeing and hand-weeding, or by applying chemical weed killers.
It's understanding how to put together your whole low-input system that matters: rotation, cover cropping, rotary hoeing, cultivation and timing.
Since these types require no back-wrenching chopping motion, hoeing is less onerous.
Experts said that farmers should perform hoeing by hand to remove weeds in case of availability of manpower and keep the soil soft,besides making its access to air easy.