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 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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The results topped estimates, but company executives said it will be tough sledding going forward, predicting full-year sales growth of flat to up 1%.
The analyst sees "tough sledding" in the near-term for CME as interest rate derivative trading drives ~25% of its revenue.
With the House controlled by the Democrats and the president's domestic agenda facing tough sledding, will he -- like other presidents before him -- turn to foreign policy, where he has more leeway to pursue a legacy achievement and shift the focus from a stalemated Congress and a relentless Russia investigation?
Is that a significant blow to T-Paw's quest for a third term?<br />Melissa Hortman, DFL House minority leader, attorney: It tells you where the conservative base is and indicates he may have some tough sledding in the primary.
'This was a big win - it was tough sledding out there,' said Washington defenceman Matt Niskanen, who tied the game with a goal 5:06 into the third period after the Caps had trailed 2-1.
The bill still faces tough sledding in the legislature.
That proposal may face tough sledding in Congress, however.
"So when that occurs, it's tough sledding for the quarterback or the running back or just the rhythm and cohesion.
Just knowing that people are gone can sound like tough sledding. It's difficult enough to get your prospective clients on the phone during a normal work week (you are using the phone, aren't you?), let alone making calls when many people are not at work.
This approach can make for tough sledding at first.
But ye of little faith will find it tough sledding. Christopher Smith wrote the straightforward book, and collaborated on the overblown but serviceable score with Arthur Giron.
Many of these tax increases face tough sledding in Republican-controlled legislatures like Nevada's.
During a period of tough sledding for most conventional supermarket operators, Dillon, who served as Kroger's chief executive officer for a decade starting in 2003 and assumed the additional role of chairman beginning a year later, kept the company on course to expand its reach and deliver consistently strong financial results.
As this short description indicates, the preface is tough sledding, but rewarding, and will require some careful reading along with a willingness to come to terms with difficult philosophical concepts.