an uphill task

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an uphill task

A task that is very daunting from the outset and continues to be challenging. The incumbent is so popular that defeating her will be an uphill task. I'm terrible at math, so I have a real uphill task ahead of me if I want to improve my grade in Algebra.
See also: task, uphill

an uphill ˈstruggle/ˈbattle/ˈtask

something that is difficult and takes a lot of effort over a long period of time: After the recent scandal, he faces an uphill struggle to win back public support before the next election.
See also: battle, struggle, task, uphill
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PAUL DUNNE and Graeme McDowell face uphill tasks to make the cut at the US Open after disappointing rounds at Erin Hills.
Ireland gave themselves massive uphill tasks in their two games so far by conceding early strikes to Mario Mandzukic & Fernando Torres A BAD CASE OF DEJA VU
But next thing we lose that second goal and it's a massive uphill task against one of the best teams in the world.