mountain to climb

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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
References in classic literature ?
There were mountains to climb, streams to ford or swim, sending the carts over on rudely made rafts.
The team will head next to the Caucasus Mountains to climb Mount Elbrus, followed by Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, Mount McKinley in Alaska, and Everest in the Himalayas, in addition to visiting to North and South Poles.
Warren Gatland's team have left themselves mountains to climb in each of their three Six Nations matches this season following disappointing performances in the opening 40 minutes.
Barcelona and Bayern Munich provide Celtic and Aberdeen with mountains to climb while Rangers' trip to Greece is a tough one.
We seem to build our own mountains to climb but Obafemi Martins' penalty got us back in it and we are delighted to have nicked it.
There you'll find working wineries, u-pick berries, mountains to climb, and more.
We all know that Kirklees have a mountain to climb but if nothing is done they will have three mountains to climb.
And frustrated manager Ian McPhee insisted: "We must stop giving ourselves mountains to climb.
are 900-1, while Annie Duke and Chris Moneymaker have mountains to climb at 1000-1.