sledding

[sled-ing]
noun
1.
the state of the ground permitting use of a sled: The mountain roads offer good sledding.
2.
the going, or kind of travel, for sleds, as determined by ground and weather conditions.
3.
a going, progress, or advance in any field: The job won't be easy sledding.
4.
the act of conveying or riding on a sled.

Origin:
1675–85, Americanism; sled + -ing1

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sled

[sled]
noun
1.
a small vehicle consisting of a platform mounted on runners for use in traveling over snow or ice.
2.
a sledge.
verb (used without object), sledded, sledding.
3.
to coast, ride, or be carried on a sled.
verb (used with object), sledded, sledding.
4.
to convey by sled.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English sledde < Middle Dutch; akin to German Schlitten sled, sleigh; cf. slide

sledlike, adjective

sled, sledge, sleigh.
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Word Origin & History

sled
1388, "a sledge used for transport of heavy goods," from M.Du. sledde "sled," from P.Gmc. *slido (cf. O.S. slido, O.N. sleði, Dan. slæde, Swed. släde, O.H.G. slito, Ger. Schlitten "sledge"), from the same root as O.E. slidan (see slide). In ref. to a sledge
used for travel or recreation, it is attested from 1586, now mainly Amer.Eng. The verb meaning "ride on a sled" is first attested 1780.
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Idioms & Phrases

sledding

see easy sledding; tough sledding.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
We seem to intuit that some good can come from rough sledding.
She spent hours with my brothers and me, making gingerbread houses or sledding
  or cutting out paper snowflakes.
Haying and sledding are haying and sledding, never mind trivial evolutions of
  gear.
In the winter they would go sledding or skating on the frozen creek, building a
  bonfire on the shore to keep warm.
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