heavy going


Also, heavy weather.

1

Difficult, as in Tom found calculus heavy going, or It's going to be heavy weather for us from here on. The first expression originally referred to a road or path that was hard to negotiate; the variant alludes to bad weather at sea. [Mid-1800s]

2

make heavy weather of. Make hard work or a fuss over something, especially unnecessarily. For example, They made heavy weather of the differences between their proposals, which actually seemed much alike. This use of weather likens a commotion to a storm. [Mid-1900s]

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Example sentences from the Web for heavy going

  • The heavy-going eland was soon overtaken, and as it trotted to one side, was passed.

    The Bush Boys|Captain Mayne Reid