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.


Nearby words

  1. tough it out,
  2. tough love,
  3. tough nut,
  4. tough pitch,
  5. tough row to hoe,
  6. tough-minded,
  7. toughen,
  8. toughie,
  9. toughish,
  10. toughly

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