tall order


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tall order

A particularly difficult task to complete or accomplish. The boss wants me to compile 100 pages of data each day, which is a pretty tall order if you ask me. Baking hundreds of cupcakes in one night is a tall order, but I think we can manage it.
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*tall order

a request that is difficult to fulfill. (Typically: be ~; give someone ~.) That's a tall order. Do you think anyone can do it? Well, it's a tall order, but I'll do it.
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tall order

A goal that is hard to fulfill or achieve, as in Getting a thousand new subscribers is a tall order indeed. This expression uses tall in the sense of "impressively great" or "difficult." [c. 1900]
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a tall order

COMMON If something is a tall order, it is going to be very difficult to do or get. Financing your studies may seem like a tall order, but there is plenty of help available. I've got to beat him by four shots tomorrow, and that's a very tall order. Note: An old meaning of `tall' is large or excessive.
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a tall order

something that is difficult to accomplish.
1998 Times But the UK economy had to slow down somewhat, and gliding it down to exactly the right spot was a tall order.
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a ˌtall ˈorder

a very difficult task or request: Finishing this work by the end of the week is a tall order, but I’ll try. OPPOSITE: child’s play
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tall order

n. a request that is difficult to fulfill. That’s a tall order. Do you think anyone can do it?
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The Democrats could block that, but their blow-with-the-wind tendencies and timid performance on many issues means that strong and united support for a sensible hydrogen transition might be a tall order.
As the Observer aptly noted, securing a consensus will be a tall order, whatwith all of the ambitious and driven individuals assigned to do it.
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It's a tall order, and we're making progress on it.
This was a tall order for illiterate women, with no idea of mathematics, weights and measures.
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It didn't take long before we realized that such humanoids were a tall order and that the world would have to wait.
I would like to believe that it is going to be a tall order, even a disappointment for people who wish that the ICC take jurisdiction over PRRD (Duterte's initials) and other individuals charged in this instant case,' Lacson added.
Pep Guardiola's men proved far too strong for the Czech side, whose already tall order had become an almost insurmountable one after Marian Cisovsky was sent off for fouling Messi in the 22nd minute.
ROGER JOHNSON reckons man mountain Nikola Zigic is Birmingham's secret weapon as they limber up for the tall order of shackling Newcastle's Andy Carroll.
It may have been a tall order playing the U2 star but McCann rose to the occasion.
SCOTS featherweight John Simpson admits it will be a tall order to win the Commonwealth title from local hero Paul Truscott when they meet in Middlesbrough on Friday.
IT'S a tall order but giraffes will be among the animals on show at the West Midlands Safari and Leisure Park during special late night openings.
He said: "What Mark did is an inspiration but that's going to be a tall order.