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take doing

To be particularly difficult or require a large amount of effort or planning. Well, it took doing, but I finally got the engine up and running again. I reckon we can get it finished by tomorrow, but it'll take doing.
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take doing

Require considerable effort, as in It'll take doing to get the whole house painted in a week. This expression sometimes is put as take some doing, as in You want the President to come? That'll take some doing! [First half of 1900s]
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Sometimes it takes doing something you don't like to find out what your real priorities and passions are.
I think that there -- it just -- it takes doing it over and over and over."
Helen, 31, laughed: "The scenes are quite arduous - after 15 takes doing exercises on a hard wooden floor in a dusty old church, we were dead on our feet."
To prevent this from happening, it takes doing battle with our assumptions, particularly those that influence how we think about customers and what we expect from them.
It takes doing everything necessary to stop or reverse bone loss.
Sometimes it takes doing something out of the ordinary for one to remember we employ ON on every mission.
Buyers want to make intelligent purchasing decisions and that takes doing some homework.