[ sled-ing ]


  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.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sledding1

An Americanism dating back to 1675–85; sled + -ing 1
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Idioms and Phrases

see easy sledding ; tough sledding .
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Example Sentences

Along the way, you’ll pass a sledding area with terrain great for the whole family.

Dogs have been valuable commodities in the Arctic for the last 9,500 years and have been used for sledding, hunting, herding reindeer, clothing and food.

Brian Pilcher gave up running at Dartmouth College after a sledding accident, he said, because he was more interested in partying and surfing.

Norton said sledding could be done safely by allowing only children and accompanying adults on the Capitol grounds.

It’s heavy sledding, but here are a few of the highlights I took from it.

That incorporates all of the happiness—beaches, sledding, love—and pain—war, death, loneliness.

Joe Biden doesn't know what those answers will be, so he faces uphill sledding.

Another group, Mush for the Cure, which ran dog-sledding events, was also asked to change its name, the group says on its website.

He also writes academic medical articles that are at times pretty tough sledding.

He takes them to man movies I don't want to see, he takes them for sword fights in the park or sledding in the snow.

It might be expected to continue without intermission for two or three weeks, and would make a quick end of the sledding.

Roller skating and hoop rolling, as well as sledding, are all valuable recreations.

Then the snow came, but it was a greater success in the inland towns, and there were sledding and sleigh-riding.

And had it not been discovered, they might have found what Giraffe would call “rougher sledding” later on.

Ideas always have to go begging at first, and the greater the idea the rougher the sledding.


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