no picnic

no picnic

Not an easy task; unenjoyable or challenging. I love kids, but watching 20 of them at once is no picnic, believe me! Spending a beautiful Saturday afternoon cleaning out the garage is no picnic.
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no picnic

Difficult, no fun, as in Recovering from abdominal surgery is no picnic. This expression, alluding to a picnic as a pleasant occasion, was first recorded in 1888.
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no picnic

No easy task; not an enjoyable experience. This term began to be used frequently in the late nineteenth century. Rudyard Kipling used it several times, as in Wee WillieWinkie (1888): “T’ain’t no bloomin’ picnic in those parts, I can tell you.”
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The no picnic policy applies to all of the 2015 fixtures except the Blaydon Races Family Fun Day in August.