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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
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  • "tough sledding," he wheezed, as he sat upon his barrow handles and wiped his brow with a bandanna handkerchief.

    The Pike's Peak Rush Edwin L. Sabin
  • "tough sledding we'd have had with an automobile over those hills," he said.

    The Foolish Virgin Thomas Dixon

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