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rocky road

a difficult period of time. Bob's been going down quite a rocky road since his divorce.
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the rocky road to —

a difficult progression to something.
2001 Star So far A1 haven't put a foot wrong on the rocky road to superstardom.
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walking on rocky socks

mod. alcohol intoxicated. He looks like he’s walking on rocky socks.
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The imminent lock-up expiration also means that Wall Street analysts who participated in the Facebook IPO will once again go quiet, for a 30-day period, potentially creating more uncertainty in a stock that has experienced one of the rockiest market debuts in memory.
Mind, the return trip could be quicker as that's down to a quick shove off the moon's rockiest cliff - and a piece of string.
A fixed tenure for him comes at a crucial time as the relationship between the executive and the judiciary has been at its rockiest lately.
The Portuguese boss has steered the Jambos through one of the rockiest seasons in their history since taking over three matches in.
India and the United States are now navigating some of the rockiest waters since they began to build closer ties in the late 1990s, with Washington weighing sanctions unless New Delhi significantly cuts oil imports from Iran.
In 2007, he assumed his current position during one of the rockiest patches in the college's now 139-year history.
Yiddish was the rockiest soil imaginable for reception of the gospel; yet, paradoxically, Yiddish may also have proved to be a language with unique capabilities for communicating a particular thrust of Christian theology to a Jewish audience.
In that time 19-year-old Patrick O'Sullivan took the privileged position, although the build-up to today has seen the team come through the rockiest of patches with their star.
JONATHAN Rhys Meyers, 33, and long-term girlfriend Reena Hammer, 24, probably have one of the rockiest relationships in Irish showbiz.
Kathryn's creativity, intelligence and sheer determination provided a stabilizing effect to the business even in its rockiest times," added Crain.
Describing the decision to open not one, but two retail businesses during one of the rockiest times in economic history, as a "leap of faith", Vicki, who has two young children, said: "I don't think any time in this climate is a good time, but you have to have confidence in what you are selling and confidence that you are going to do an honest sale.
But some have nonetheless described bilateral relations during this period as the rockiest since trade wars nearly two decades ago.
This rockiest of rock bars has opened on the former site of Barfly.
Daschle's withdrawal, along with wrangling over the stimulus, made for possibly the rockiest day of Obama's presidency so far.
Figures from CMBOR, supported by Barclays Private Equity and based at Nottingham University Business School, reveal the Midlands had one of the rockiest rides in recent years - with the deals recorded in the first quarter scraping along the bottom at around pounds 100m before soaring in the third quarter to nearly pounds 1.