tough 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 IMF 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

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
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This approach can make for tough sledding at first.
It was tough sledding, but I learned how to govern and how to lead.
Many of these tax increases face tough sledding in Republican-controlled legislatures like Nevada's.
We face tough sledding in the next few weeks in trying to keep attention focused on ERDA's technical[overall U.
So just when we need the purchase markets to start picking up the slack--it sounds like it will be tough sledding for some time to come.
It was tough sledding out there," Helfrich said when asked about Goff's humbling road debut in the Pac-12.
The manufacturer advised there would be "three days of hell and three weeks of tough sledding.
If political leaders pay particular attention to the opinions of swing voters, the teachers union may experience some tough sledding in the political arena in the years ahead.
Once the sun's up the livebait guys can sometimes entice the fish out with shiners, but it's often tough sledding for anglers who prefer to sling plastic.
Right now, Zahlis is trying to convince brokers and carriers how smart it would be to provide sponsorships for his open source project, but it's been tough sledding.
Yet two intervention experts with presently related career paths believe that a more crowded field and a lack of nationally accepted practice standards have created tough sledding for many interventionists, as well as a crying need to assess critically where the field is going.
As for the situation in Rochester, Dinkelman agreed that it has been tough sledding in the Flower City.
But it's always tough sledding because department heads and entrenched bureaucrats alike typically think (even unconsciously): "This is my turf.
I don't like to see people get fired, especially me, so it's been pretty tough sledding these past months.