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rocky road (to something)

The difficult, troubled, or uneven journey or development (to some status, position, or result). In the interview, she discusses her childhood, her inspirations, and the rocky road to presidency. The film's rocky road leading to its release has been the subject of much speculation and concern from fans.
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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.
See also: on, rocky, sock, walking
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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.
The meeting took place after P&G endured one of its rockiest years in the last five decades, as a recessionary economy helped drive sales down 3.
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.
Unfortunately, the cat's tracks led right up into the steepest, rockiest mountains on the concession.
In the airline industry, Southwest Airlines is a prime example of how a domestic carrier can weather even the rockiest supply and demand interaction to remain consistently profitable.
As for the challenges ahead, Abbey believes the rockiest road in the U.
As it turned out, the game was entering one of its rockiest social and economic eras, the 1890s.
But the Romans were cultivating wine grapes here sixteen centuries ago, and at one point only the highest, rockiest, and most inaccessible sections were left unplanted.
The ones that will probably face the rockiest trek are those that propose new federal tax initiatives, including one proposal that would establish a Universal Health Account to be created to allow full deductibility for health insurance premiums and provide assistance to moderate and low-income families.
Of the five Mexican border governors who belong to the long-governing Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), Moreira has had the rockiest relationship with the Fox government.
She had managed to weather some of the Endowment's rockiest years without losing her confidence in the institution and her zeal for theatre.
As he explains it, "On our rockiest and windiest sites, we put PVC pipes down into the ground, and put spaghetti tubes from the drip-lines into the tops of the pipes.