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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.
See also: road, rocky

walk on rocky socks

slang To be unable to walk steadily or in a straight line due to being drunk. The driver got out and walked on rocky socks, so the officer hauled him into the station. She seemed pretty sober during dinner, but then she stood up and started walking on rocky socks.
See also: on, rocky, sock, walk
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

rocky road

a difficult period of time. Bob's been going down quite a rocky road since his divorce.
See also: road, rocky
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: road, rocky
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

walking on rocky socks

mod. alcohol intoxicated. He looks like he’s walking on rocky socks.
See also: on, rocky, sock, walking
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The ramon plantation and secondary vegetation had generally well-structured, shallow soils (21 to 38 cm deep) with high stoniness and rockiness percentages.
The most dramatic change occurred between cores H and I at a point which approximately correlated with the transition from erosional to depositional characteristics (suggested by increasing rockiness at the surface and a change in soil texture; generally, soils below I comprised finer particles).
As is often the case, natural disasters obtain because humans have, as George Perkins Marsh put it more than a century ago, "rearranged nature's original balances." In his classic, Man and Nature, Marsh explained how it is that trees won't grow any more on the Aegean hillsides, which have been browsed off into hard dry rockiness by a thousand years of Grecian goats.
After all, the $1,850,000, 22-acre site - on a steep hill that had been passed over by other developers because of its rockiness - had magnificent views.
Solar photovoltaic collectors may require a large area array, which could cause locomotion problems, particularly in areas of high rockiness or steep hills.
However, the relationship between the two parties has been marred by tensions and rockiness in recent years.
Despite their rockiness in Europe, Rangers sit top of the SPL and have lost just one domestic game in the calendar year.
It would be difficult to imagine two landscapes less alike than the gentle green artifice of Capability Brown parkland and the lunar rockiness of Monument Valley.
I don't think anything that goes on for a long time can avoid periods of rockiness. We've been through that, and that's fine.
We also estimated a multiple regression model with the index of rockiness added to the model, y = [[Beta].sub.0] + [x.sub.1][[Beta].sub.1] + [x.sub.2][[Beta].sub.2] v(X)e, where y and [x.sub.1] were as previously defined, and [x.sub.2] was the index of rockiness.
All over the Highlands and off the west coast there is a mixture of rough coastline and rockiness and islands - then there are palm trees as well because of the Gulf Stream.
Cores were taken in so far as possible from the region occupied by seedling roots, but rockiness prevented coring to the full root depth ([approximately]10 cm) for seedlings of C.