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]


Nearby words

  1. tough break,
  2. tough it out,
  3. tough love,
  4. tough nut,
  5. tough pitch,
  6. tough sledding,
  7. tough-minded,
  8. toughen,
  9. toughie,
  10. toughish

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