sledding


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easy sledding

Progress that will or is expected to require little to no effort. With their opponents' star player out with an injury, it should be easy sledding for the home team today. It will be easy sledding once I get this one assignment out of the way.
See also: easy, sledding

rough sledding

A difficult, turbulent, or troublesome period of time or undertaking. This administration has gone through some rough sledding over the last year, but the president is determined to regain the trust and support of the American people. Even some of the wealthier areas of the country must brace for rough sledding as fresh austerity measures come into effect on the heels of the IMF bailout. The book can be notoriously rough sledding, but if you're able to stick with it, it is in fact a most rewarding experience.
See also: rough, sledding

hard sledding

A difficult, turbulent, or troublesome period of time. This administration has gone through some hard sledding over the last year, but the president is determined to regain the trust and support of the American people. Even some of the wealthier areas of the country must brace for hard sledding as fresh austerity measures come into effect. The book is notoriously hard sledding, but if you're able to stick with it, it is a rewarding experience.
See also: hard, sledding

tough sledding

A difficult, turbulent, or troublesome period of time. This administration has gone through some tough sledding over the last year, but the president is determined to regain the trust and support of the American people. Even some of the wealthier areas of the country must brace for tough sledding as fresh austerity measure come into effect on the heels of the bailout. The book can be notoriously tough sledding, but if you're able to stick with it, it is in fact a most rewarding experience.
See also: sledding, tough

sled down (something)

To travel on a sled from the top of something down to the bottom of it. We always go sledding down the hill behind our school whenever we get a snow day. With his leg broken, he managed to sled down the mountain by rigging his skis and jacket into a makeshift toboggan.
See also: down, sled

sled across (something)

To traverse some substance or area while riding a sled. It was so quiet and still as we sledded across the freshly fallen snow. They're sledding across the field to bring presents to their grandparents' house.
See also: across, sled

sled over (something)

To traverse some substance or area while riding a sled. It was so quiet and still as we sledded over the freshly fallen snow. They're sledding over the field to bring presents to their grandparents' house.
See also: over, sled

hard sledding

 and tough sledding
Fig. a very difficult time. They had some hard sledding when they were first married. It was tough sledding for sure when our crops failed that year.
See also: hard, sledding

easy sledding

Effortless progress, as in It's easy sledding from here on. This expression alludes to coasting smoothly down a hill and was first recorded as smooth sledding in 1898. Also see the antonym tough sledding.
See also: easy, sledding

tough sledding

Difficult work or progress, as in This bill faces tough sledding in the legislature. This idiom transfers the route on which a sled can travel to other kinds of progress toward a goal. It was first recorded as hard sledding in 1839. For the antonym, see easy sledding.
See also: sledding, tough

hard/tough sledding

A difficult route, difficult progress. Dating from the first half of the nineteenth century, this term alludes to the usual ease with which a sled travels toward some goal. The antonyms easy or smooth sledding date from the late nineteenth century.
See also: hard, sledding, tough
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They are also being proactive and posting signs about the risks involved with sledding to educate and protect those who use the parks.
"The project came about because we didn't really have a place on the Willamette (Forest) that's free and available for folks for sledding," Smith said.
* Your child's bike helmet should become an even more important sledding helmet.
Lumley says the Silver Lake location near the highway offers maximum visibility, few zoning restrictions and ties neatly into nearby snowmobiling trails where it should become a prime destination for sledding enthusiasts.
Owners and operators of sliding hills are often under the misconception that if they post No Sledding signs or simply do not designate a sledding area within their community, they will have no legal responsibility for sledding accidents.
According to The Associated Press, Dubuque, Iowa, has banned sledding at 48 of its 50 municipal parks.
Many areas have hills reserved just for sledding. No skiers or snow boarders are allowed.
Dog sledding may not be for everyone, but on a small scale it is far less complicated than you may imagine.
Hit the highest hill in your 'hood or, if you take your sledding super-serious, some ski slopes have trails open for SummerSledders.
I am talking, of course, about sledding. Sliding down hills on those little wooden vehicles that look as if they are made by elves in pointed shoes.
Teamed with Alaskan huskies, she competes in the snowy sport of dog sledding.
You're wet and freezing, but you can't get enough of downhill sledding. Wouldn't it be great at the end of each run not to trudge uphill hauling a heavy sled?
It's a work sled--not meant for downhill sledding and such.
Compared to other childhood sports, sledding causes a "very high" incidence of injuries, says pediatrician Robert A.