mountain to climb

mountain to climb

A very difficult task or challenge. You certainly have a mountain to climb if you intend to get this project done by Thursday.
See also: climb, mountain

a mountain to climb

mainly BRITISH
If someone has a mountain to climb, they have to do a task which will be very difficult and will involve a lot of hard work. The negotiators have a mountain to climb if they want to bring lasting peace to this region. He still has a mountain to climb in persuading the public that war is justified.
See also: climb, mountain
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EK boss Billy Stark said : "The start to the second half gave us a mountain to climb but we had a go at climbing it.
Titled 'Each one of us has a mountain to climb,' the presentation was delivered by Maxime Chaya, a Lebanese mountaineer and pursuer of extreme activities.
The visitors won the toss and opted to bat first and left lowly North with a massive mountain to climb to chase down 421.
LABOUR has a mountain to climb and Jeremy Corbyn must produce a manifesto with the "widest possible appeal", Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones has warned.
Going up the apex of the Southeast Asian Games might be an Everest of a mountain to climb but the Philippine Sports Commission is confident of lifting the Philippines back into title contention.
BLAIR SPITTAL admits Dundee United have left themselves a huge mountain to climb if they are to extend their 20-year stay in the top flight.
Obviously, at 3-1 down against a team of that calibre, then you have a massive mountain to climb.
Curry said, "It's a high mountain to climb, but I'm pretty motivated to take on the challenge.
3 This really is a 'must win' game for Colchester who will have the proverbial mountain to climb if this really is a 'must win' game for Colchester who will have the proverbial mountain to climb if they fail to take points at the Ricoh and results go against them elsewhere.
We have a huge mountain to climb just to finish level on the week.
The lads who came on made a difference but, as I said, it was a mountain to climb.
We've got a mountain to climb but the club have climbed those type of mountains in the past.
The second half started well and it wasn't long before two well-taken goals by the Thirsk captain gave Ormesby a mountain to climb.
Summary: Jermain Defoe's late equaliser grabbed a point for Tottenham but they face a huge mountain to climb to make next year's Champions League.
Spurs have a mountain to climb after being thrashed 4-0 at the Bernabeu, and will have to produce their best performance of the season if they are to stand a chance of progressing to the semifinals.