tough row to hoe

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tough row to hoe

Also, hard row to hoe. A difficult course, hard work to accomplish, as in He knew he'd have a tough row to hoe by running against this popular incumbent. [First half of 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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